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June 3, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The family of three Cherry Hill brothers protested Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Camden after the men lost another attempt to overturn their convictions for participating in a plan to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. The protest came a day after the family learned that U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler denied the brothers' application for post-conviction relief. The Dukas wanted their convictions overturned, alleging their attorneys improperly prevented them from testifying during their 2008 trial.
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August 24, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill - which forced hundreds from their homes and businesses - may have appeared ripe for a mass lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled against certifying a case as a class action. The decision this week by U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler not only reflects the fragmented legal approach by those affected by the accident, but also the increasingly stringent standards to achieve class status. The Nov. 30, 2012, derailment occurred over the Mantua Creek when an 82-car freight train crossed the East Jefferson Street Bridge, despite a warning light.
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July 27, 2012 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Reputed mob associate Salvatore Pelullo, a key figure in a multimillion-dollar fraud case, says U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler should step down as trial judge because of "bias" and demonstrated "favoritism" toward the government. Among the examples cited by the wannabe wiseguy? Pelullo said the judge failed to wish him a happy birthday. In an affidavit that is part of the motion asking the judge to recuse himself, Pelullo said that during a break in a pretrial hearing in March, Kugler inquired about the health of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Page, a prosecutor in the case who had recently had a baby.
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July 28, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reputed mob associate Salvatore Pelullo, a key figure in a multimillion-dollar fraud case, says U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler should step down as trial judge because of bias and demonstrated "favoritism" toward the government. Among the examples cited by the wannabe wiseguy? Pelullo said the judge failed to wish him a happy birthday. In an affidavit that is part of the motion asking the judge to recuse himself, Pelullo said that during a break in a pretrial hearing in March, Kugler inquired about the health of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Page, a prosecutor in the case who had recently had a baby.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2008 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge in Camden rejected a California lawyer's attempt yesterday to block a recent settlement of shareholder lawsuits against directors and executives of Commerce Bancorp Inc. The San Diego lawyer, Benjamin Rozwood, said after the hearing that he would appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit next week. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler is overseeing 10 state and federal lawsuits filed in October after the Cherry Hill bank's sale to TD Bank Financial Group for $8.5 billion was announced Oct. 2. Under the settlement proposed Jan. 4, the deal's termination fee - which Commerce would owe to TD Bank if the sale failed to close - is $255 million instead of $332 million, and the period during which it is payable was reduced to 12 months from 15. The settlement also required additional disclosures and corrections to the proxy statement concerning the sale.
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October 11, 2012 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Camden City police officer who admitted his role in a corrupt antidrug unit and cooperated with federal authorities was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison after an emotionally charged hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler. "I regret everything I did, Your Honor," Kevin Parry said before Kugler imposed sentence. "I think about it every day. " Parry, who pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution in the trial of two other members of the unit, apologized to the residents of the city, to members of the Police Department, and to his family.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Camden City police officer who admitted his role in a corrupt antidrug unit and cooperated with federal authorities was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison after an emotionally charged hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Kugler. "I regret everything I did, Your Honor," Kevin Parry said before Kugler imposed sentence. "I think about it every day. " Parry, who pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution in the trial of two other members of the unit, apologized to the residents of the city, to members of the Police Department, and to his family.
NEWS
May 4, 1994 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Vineland police officer was held in lieu of $100,000 bail in Gloucester County Jail yesterday after his arrest on drug charges by federal investigators. Patrolman Gilbert Lopez, 31, was arrested in Vineland at 10 a.m. after an investigation by an undercover FBI agent. He was charged with conpiracy to distribute cocaine, and possession of a kilogram of cocaine. A second suspect, Ephrain Rosa, 42, was charged with distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine. A bail hearing before U.S. Magistrate Robert B. Kugler in U.S. District Court was continued yesterday after concerns were expressed about the officer's safety in jail.
NEWS
October 21, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph E. Irenas, 75, of Princeton, a senior U.S. judge for the district of New Jersey, died Friday, Oct. 16, at Cooper University Medical Center after a fall earlier in the week, the U.S. District Court for New Jersey has announced. A colleague, District Judge Robert B. Kugler, said in an interview that Judge Irenas "was absolutely dedicated to the District Court of New Jersey. " "He worked as hard as anybody," Kugler said. "He loved his job. He loved coming to court. " Kugler said he had known the judge for 23 years, going onto the bench shortly after Judge Irenas joined it 1992.
NEWS
October 21, 2004 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has rejected an argument that he should order the state Department of Corrections to change its policies, saying there was no proof that inmates are in danger of having their rights violated. The requests sprang from the civil trials associated with the Bayside State Prison lockdown of 1997. After the lockdown, hundreds of inmates complained of systematic abuse by guards. More than 350 sued in federal court, and their trials began this year. The attorneys trying the cases also argued for "injunctive relief," which basically asks the judge to order changes.
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June 3, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The family of three Cherry Hill brothers protested Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Camden after the men lost another attempt to overturn their convictions for participating in a plan to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. The protest came a day after the family learned that U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler denied the brothers' application for post-conviction relief. The Dukas wanted their convictions overturned, alleging their attorneys improperly prevented them from testifying during their 2008 trial.
NEWS
October 21, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph E. Irenas, 75, of Princeton, a senior U.S. judge for the district of New Jersey, died Friday, Oct. 16, at Cooper University Medical Center after a fall earlier in the week, the U.S. District Court for New Jersey has announced. A colleague, District Judge Robert B. Kugler, said in an interview that Judge Irenas "was absolutely dedicated to the District Court of New Jersey. " "He worked as hard as anybody," Kugler said. "He loved his job. He loved coming to court. " Kugler said he had known the judge for 23 years, going onto the bench shortly after Judge Irenas joined it 1992.
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill - which forced hundreds from their homes and businesses - may have appeared ripe for a mass lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled against certifying a case as a class action. The decision this week by U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler not only reflects the fragmented legal approach by those affected by the accident, but also the increasingly stringent standards to achieve class status. The Nov. 30, 2012, derailment occurred over the Mantua Creek when an 82-car freight train crossed the East Jefferson Street Bridge, despite a warning light.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Camden City police officer who admitted his role in a corrupt antidrug unit and cooperated with federal authorities was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison after an emotionally charged hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler. "I regret everything I did, Your Honor," Kevin Parry said before Kugler imposed sentence. "I think about it every day. " Parry, who pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution in the trial of two other members of the unit, apologized to the residents of the city, to members of the Police Department, and to his family.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Camden City police officer who admitted his role in a corrupt antidrug unit and cooperated with federal authorities was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison after an emotionally charged hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Kugler. "I regret everything I did, Your Honor," Kevin Parry said before Kugler imposed sentence. "I think about it every day. " Parry, who pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution in the trial of two other members of the unit, apologized to the residents of the city, to members of the Police Department, and to his family.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reputed mob associate Salvatore Pelullo, a key figure in a multimillion-dollar fraud case, says U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler should step down as trial judge because of bias and demonstrated "favoritism" toward the government. Among the examples cited by the wannabe wiseguy? Pelullo said the judge failed to wish him a happy birthday. In an affidavit that is part of the motion asking the judge to recuse himself, Pelullo said that during a break in a pretrial hearing in March, Kugler inquired about the health of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Page, a prosecutor in the case who had recently had a baby.
NEWS
July 27, 2012 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Reputed mob associate Salvatore Pelullo, a key figure in a multimillion-dollar fraud case, says U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler should step down as trial judge because of "bias" and demonstrated "favoritism" toward the government. Among the examples cited by the wannabe wiseguy? Pelullo said the judge failed to wish him a happy birthday. In an affidavit that is part of the motion asking the judge to recuse himself, Pelullo said that during a break in a pretrial hearing in March, Kugler inquired about the health of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Page, a prosecutor in the case who had recently had a baby.
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge rejected the appeals of convicted former Camden City Police Officer Antonio Figueroa on Wednesday and scheduled a June 6 sentencing for the rogue cop, convicted in a corruption case last year. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler, who presided at Figueroa's trial, ruled that there was more than enough evidence to support the jury's finding that Figueroa planted drugs, stole cash, and filed false police reports while part of an elite antidrug unit. The judge also rejected arguments over the admissibility of evidence that Figueroa's lawyer, Ralph Jacobs, said warranted a reversal of the jury's decision or a new trial.
NEWS
April 16, 2011 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A computer hacker who left his wife for a fictitious online lover wept uncontrollably as he told a federal judge in Camden that he wanted his life back. That life is forever gone, the judge told Bruce Raisley, 48, who was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for spreading a virus worldwide that shut down websites which posted his affair through raunchy e-mails and embarrassing photos. "I was wrong for putting that thing out there," Raisley said between sobs during a rambling and sometimes incoherent apology.
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