November 20, 2014 |
When former Montgomery County Republican Chairman Robert J. Kerns goes to trial next week on sex charges, he will have to convince only one person of his innocence. John L. Braxton, a Philadelphia senior judge, was assigned to the case after the Montgomery County bench was recused to avoid any potential bias for or against the onetime political heavyweight. Court documents show that Kerns, 67, has opted not to take his case before a jury, a strategy one criminal defense expert said could be risky.
September 12, 2014 |
IT TURNS OUT that in Philadelphia being "the worst people in the city" may run in the family. Police this week obtained a warrant to arrest Jason "Cassius Jr. " Broaster, 18, of Harold Street near 26th in North Philadelphia, for the shooting death Monday night of Naaire Murray, 17, outside the victim's rowhouse on Huntingdon Street near 24th. Police found 19 spent shell casings both at 24th and Huntingdon and outside Murray's house after the fatal shooting. They also found a gun on his front steps, Chief Inspector Scott Small said at the scene.
August 9, 2014 |
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office dropped plans Thursday to pursue the death penalty in the trial of an Upper Merion man accused of killing his parents and twin brother in 2011. Prosecutors withdrew the death-penalty notice after Joseph McAndrew Jr. waived a jury trial and agreed to have his case heard by a judge. McAndrew, 27, contends that he was insane when he used a sword to stab his father, landscaping business owner Joseph McAndrew Sr.; his mother, Susan; and brother James in their Holstein Road home in March 2011.
August 2, 2014 |
Former Temple men's basketball star Rick Brunson pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to charges of criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery, and domestic battery after his arrest in an encounter at a suburban Chicago fitness center. The 42-year-old Brunson was the leading candidate to be Temple's next assistant men's basketball coach before his arrest in June. His son, Jalen Brunson, is the nation's No. 1 high school point guard, according to some recruiting websites, and one of Temple's top targets.
June 29, 2014 |
A Philadelphia jury said Honda should pay $55.3 million to a York, Pa., resident who was badly injured in 2010 when his Acura Integra rolled over during a crash while he was en route to work in Maryland. American Honda Motor Co. said it would appeal Thursday's decision. A native of the Dominican Republic, Carlos Martinez, 57, was working as a glazier for a construction company at the time of the accident, but now must use a wheelchair, according to his attorney, Stewart Eisenberg.
June 20, 2014
A MAN DIES in the street and another man is charged. A jury is impaneled and for three days listens to the prosecution's version of events. Before presenting his case, the defense attorney appeals to the judge for an acquittal and she takes the uncommon step of dismissing the case. The victim was an off-duty cop. The accused worked for Wells Fargo. They had a history - the accused was involved with the dead man's ex-girlfriend. The prosecution's case was this: In 2012, there was a late-night collision between a car driven by Kareem Alleyne and a bicycle ridden by Marc Brady, 35, an off-duty cop. Brady died from injuries and Alleyne was charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
June 19, 2014 |
Drexel sports-management professor Ellen Staurowsky couldn't have been surprised she'd get some pushback from NCAA attorneys when she testified Monday and Tuesday at the landmark Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust trial. The main area she was asked to address by the plaintiffs' attorneys, she said, is whether the business practices associated with FBS football and men's basketball are consistent with the NCAA's claims about amateurism. Since Staurowsky is coauthor of a book titled College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur's Myth , you can guess where she stands on the issue.
June 12, 2014 |
Just because they call it a "gag order" doesn't mean you're allowed to write. That's the message a Philadelphia judge delivered Tuesday to Padge Victoria Windslowe - the hip-hop performer "Black Madam" awaiting trial in the death of a woman allegedly injected with illegal cosmetic silicone - after she sent plaintive letters to the Philadelphia Daily News. Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi warned Windslowe she could have been held in contempt of court for violating the gag order.
June 1, 2014 |
A homeless man convicted of stabbing and killing another homeless man in Center City's LOVE Park after an argument was sentenced to eight to 25 years in prison Friday. Frederick Mills, 47, apologized for killing Allen Jordan, 43, after a late-night confrontation in August 2011. During a jury trial in February before Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter, Mills testified that he got into the argument with Jordan after he was roughed up and robbed of jewelry. "He has no prior record and he's 47 years old," defense attorney Jay S. Gottlieb said of Mills.
April 16, 2014 |
A SOUTHWEST Philadelphia woman who in 2012 hired a neighborhood mechanic to murder her live-in boyfriend apparently looked reality in the face yesterday morning and called off her jury trial in Common Pleas Court. Instead of picking a jury, Desiree Arnett Hicks, 58, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for her role in the calculated May 31, 2012, slaying of Aaron Hayes, 52. Hayes, a SEPTA trolley operator, was gunned down just before 5 a.m. in front of the couple's Elmwood Avenue home as he opened the back door of his van to place work tools inside.