November 11, 1987 |
Fearing that sentencing a 14-year-old boy to an adult prison for voluntary manslaughter would result in his being "physically and psychologically abused," Common Pleas Judge Paul Ribner yesterday said he wants Wesley Robinson retried and sentenced in Juvenile Court. "I don't think a mandatory sentence (of five years) as an adult would be appropriate in this case," Ribner said after rejecting motions for a new trial. Robinson, of 52nd Street near Cedar Avenue, was tried in adult court and convicted by a jury of the Jan. 15, 1986, fatal shooting of Andre Floyd, 18, who was mildly retarded.
November 25, 2012
Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.8 Million Kickback Scheme By William Ecenbarger New Press. 272 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by David W. Marston Zero tolerance. That was Judge Mark A. Ciavarella's rigid formula for dealing with even trivial juvenile misconduct, and the tough boss of "kiddie court" made sure everyone in Scranton knew it. But almost no one - except Ciavarella's coconspirator, President Judge Michael T. Conahan - knew that zero tolerance was also the secret ingredient fueling a lucrative kickback scheme that paid millions to the corrupt judges.
April 14, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - A boy who was 11 when he was accused of killing his father's pregnant fiancée and her unborn son was found guilty Friday of their 2009 shotgun slayings. Lawrence County Court Judge John Hodge found Jordan Brown, now 14, delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict, in the deaths of Kenzie Houk, 26, and her unborn child. The judge closed the trial, held about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, to the media and all but close relatives because of the boy's age during the killings.
April 15, 1990 |
The attorney for a 16-year-old Bristol Borough youth awaiting trial on charges of first-degree murder has asked a Bucks County judge to move the case to juvenile court. Attorney Raymond F. McHugh filed the motion Tuesday on behalf of Mark Graber, 16, of the 500 block of Pond Street, who is charged with the Feb. 10 fatal shooting of Shane Reilly, 18, who lived in the 900 block of Spring Street, also in Bristol. McHugh contended that Graber should be handled as a juvenile because of his age and lack of a criminal record and because the juvenile system would be better able to handle Graber's needs.
September 17, 1999 |
A 16-year-old boy charged with attempting to kill his mother and another woman last month will be tried as a juvenile, not an adult. Assistant Public Defender Maureen Repetto and Deputy District Attorney Kevin Kelly agreed to move the case of William J. O'Neill Jr. into Juvenile Court. Repetto said that A. Leo Sereni, president judge of Delaware County Court, was expected to sign the order. O'Neill was arrested Aug. 3 after his mother, Lori Cahill, and the other woman, Diane Galloway, said he had attacked them with a knife and rubber mallet, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
September 4, 1988 |
The attorney for a 21-year-old Aston woman accused of setting a fire eight years ago that killed her uncle and cousin has asked that she be tried as a juvenile rather than as an adult. Kelly Ann Mullen of the 200 block of Raymond Avenue was arrested in April and charged with homicide and related charges in the fire, which killed her uncle Joseph Wallace, 47, and her cousin John Wallace, 13, on Feb. 5, 1980. Mullen, who was 12 at the time, was spending the night at the Wallaces' residence in the first block of Dogwood Lane, Aston, when she deliberately set fire to a hockey net in a first-floor den, according to a confession police said she gave on April 7. Before her arrest, authorities had questioned her about threatening telephone calls made to the home of Aston Police Chief James C. McCarthy in April.
July 17, 2003 |
An attorney for the 15-year-old girl accused of luring Fishtown teenager Jason Sweeney to his death filed a motion yesterday requesting that his client's murder trial be transferred from adult to Juvenile Court. Defense attorney William J. Brennan cited Justina Morley's young age, lack of a criminal record and history of mental-health disorders, and the nature of her alleged role in the May 30 slaying. According to testimony at the preliminary hearing last month, Morley lured 16-year-old Sweeney to a vacant lot with the promise of sex. There, prosecutors charge, three boys attacked Sweeney and beat him to death for the $500 he had earned working construction with his father.
October 24, 1993 |
The case of an 18-year-old accused of killing a friend in a game of Russian Roulette has been transferred to juvenile court. James Burr of Caln Township faced charges of criminal homicide, murder and involuntary manslaughter in the killing of Anthony Glasco, 17, of Coatesville, last January. Burr was 17 at the time. In her Oct. 1 decision to transfer the case to juvenile court, Judge Paula Fransico Ott cited testimony from a psychiatrist, Bruce Mapes, that Burr was "immature for his age" and would need at least two years of rehabilitation.
December 14, 1999 |
Joseph P. McCabe Jr., 72, a retired Common Pleas Court judge who spent the latter part of his career on the bench adjudicating juvenile cases, died of complications associated with diabetes Sunday at his home in Cheltenham. Judge McCabe had been a longtime resident of Frankford before moving to Cheltenham a few years ago. He served on the bench from 1971, when he became a Municipal Court judge, to 1996, when he retired from Juvenile Court. He was first elected to Common Pleas Court in 1985.
April 9, 1989 |
They were secretaries, civil servants, business owners and nurses. Most were in their middle years. Some were married, one was a mother-daughter pair. All had a desire to help young people. About 25 prospective volunteers gathered in Mount Holly last week to learn about opportunities to work in one of several programs designed to make the county's court system more humane, more efficient and more accountable. The County Superior Court Family Case Management Division offers training sessions several times a year for citizens who want to work in juvenile programs.