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.
April 5, 2014 |
Maintaining his innocence - but wanting to avoid a possible death sentence - a Florida man allegedly linked by DNA to the 1996 rape and murder of a Kensington teen has agreed to a nonjury trial. Rafael Crespo appeared before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart on Thursday and waived his right to a trial by jury in the slaying of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado. Minehart set Sept. 8 for a three-day bench trial, though he heard brief testimony from the girl's mother, Paulette Smith.
January 31, 2014 |
THE so-called Swiss Cheese Pervert is receiving "inpatient treatment," a judge was told yesterday. Just what type of treatment Christopher Pagano is undergoing was not revealed in court by his lawyer, Richard Quinton Hark, who also declined to specify it during an interview. Pagano, the Norristown man arrested in January for flashing his cheese-accessorized penis, was not in court to hear that his preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 10. The District Attorney's Office also informed Municipal Judge Wendy L. Pew that it will try Pagano by a jury rather than by judge, which it has a legal right to do despite the charges being misdemeanors.
November 27, 2013 |
DARBY BOROUGH After 23 years in the United States, business owner and ordained pastor Fayiah Lebie was looking forward to becoming a U.S. citizen on June 14, 2012. Instead, he spent the day in a jail cell. Now acquitted of the charges against him, Lebie filed suit against Darby Borough on Friday, contending that he was unjustly arrested and punched, and had a Taser used on him, simply because he took a photograph with his cellphone of a friend's vehicle that was about to be towed. According to his lawsuit, Lebie was attending a board meeting in the Delaware County borough of an organization that helps natives of his homeland, Liberia.
September 12, 2013 |
EDWARD SHEED, a Philadelphia man who made headlines at age 11 for bravely walking into a police station to report that his father was forcing him to sell drugs, was sent to state prison yesterday. Sheed, 22, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years behind bars for an unprovoked, daylight shooting in 2011 of Marvin Brown, 21, who was rendered a quadriplegic after bullets pierced his neck, chest and thigh. Evidence presented during the July jury trial in Common Pleas Court indicated that Sheed reached into Brown's sweatpants pocket to steal his cellphone and opened fire when the victim tried to retrieve the phone.
August 14, 2013 |
An Overbrook man charged in last year's sidewalk shooting of the son of a Philadelphia police officer waived his right Monday to a jury trial on murder charges. Rasheed Gey, 20, opted to be tried by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson in the Feb. 6, 2012, killing of Dennis Gore Jr. Bronson said opening statements and testimony would begin Tuesday in a trial that is expected to last two or three days. Criminal defendants have a right to trial by a jury of 12, but some choose to waive that right and be tried by the judge.
June 13, 2013 |
More than $2 billion will change hands after four pharmaceutical companies said Wednesday they have settled lawsuits over patent infringement. Pfizer Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals will share the money. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., will pay the money. All four companies have operations in the Philadelphia region. Teva will pay $1.6 billion — half in 2013, the rest in 2014 — and Sun Pharma will pay $550 million in 2013 to settle the suits over the heartburn medicine Protonix.
June 7, 2013 |
THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT Administration had Griffin T. Campbell dead-to-rights. It was the middle of the summer in 2000, and a confidential informant bought 56 grams of crack cocaine from Griffin for $1,800 at the Happy Hollow Playground on Wayne Avenue in Germantown - all while DEA agents watched, according to court documents. Six months later, the same informant returned to Germantown - again under DEA surveillance - and allegedly purchased 54 grams of crack from Campbell, whose construction company was in charge of demolishing a four-story Center City property that collapsed Wednesday, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
January 29, 2013 |
Carl R. Greene, the former executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, waived his right to a jury trial Monday in his breach-of-contract dispute with the authority. The sides were to have begun selecting jurors Monday. Instead, they will present opening arguments before U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Greene claims that the agency did not have cause to fire him in September 2010 and owes him $743,000 in salary and vacation time, plus damages.