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September 25, 2003 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a lot of mozzarella. More than 600 tons, in fact, worth more than $1.5 million wholesale, say its producers. It was delivered from California in a series of shipments in May and June to a local distributor based in Marlton. But that is about all that Valley Gold, the manufacturer, and Joseph Profaci, the recipient, agree on. Lawyers for both sides spent more than two hours in U.S. District Court in Camden yesterday churning the issues in a breach-of-contract/fraud case based on a civil complaint filed last month by Valley Gold.
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April 16, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Democratic committee members in Center City's Eighth Ward are being asked to sign declarations that they were "not offered anything of pecuniary value" to select State Sen. Larry Farnese as their leader. The reason: FBI agents are asking questions. The apparent cause of the investigation? Farnese spent $6,000 from his campaign account five months before the 2011 ward election to pay for a committeewoman's daughter's college semester abroad. Three people connected to the ward election confirmed that they had been questioned by FBI agents.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Unlike the five other Democratic politicians charged in the sting corruption case, State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown has held fast to saying she was targeted by state prosecutors solely because she is black. The other Democrats eventually struck deals in which they either pleaded guilty or no contest to corruption - and were able to keep their pensions, and were spared possible prison terms. Those still in office had to resign. But in pretrial motions unsealed this week, Brown's lawyers continue to contend she was the victim of racial targeting - and add a new wrinkle.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
JOHN Conrad Wagner didn't talk about his father's death. The 32-year-old lawyer and Center City resident had heard his father's cries as he plunged from a cliff while they hiked alone in 2011 in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. But when his mother, Carolyn, would ask about that devastating day, he refused to talk about it, her best friend, Patsy Batsch, said. "It did bother her. I think she did have questions," said Batsch. "She said when the time is right she was going to try and talk to him about it. " The time never came.
NEWS
October 20, 1991 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonard J. Schwartz, 92, an attorney for 70 years with the law firm of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, died Friday at his Rittenhouse Square home. Mr. Schwartz was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States at age 7. He went on to help develop the state's worker-compensation law. He attended South Philadelphia High School and was elected president of the Class of 1919. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania with the intention of becoming an engineer. While in school, his interests shifted toward law and he transferred to Temple University, where he earned his law degree.
NEWS
May 21, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Herman J. Obert, an attorney for nearly 50 years, died Monday. He was 75 and lived in Bryn Mawr. A Philadelphia lawyer who specialized in probate, charitable trusts and construction, he was a member of the firm of Monteverde, Hemphill, Maschmeyer & Obert. He previously had been a member in the firm of Gibbons, Eustace & Obert. He was active in the Catholic Charities organization and represented a number of orders and societies. The son of a Roxborough brewer, Obert was educated at Georgetown Preparatory School and was a graduate of Georgetown University and Temple University Law School.
NEWS
June 2, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arthur Montano, 87, whom the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law named its 1997 lawyer of the year, died of lung cancer Monday, May 23, at his home in Punta Gorda, Fla. Mr. Montano moved to Florida from Haddonfield in 2000. Mr. Montano, a native of Audubon, Camden County, was president of the Class of 1939 at Audubon High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. During World War II, he was a navigator on B-17s and flew bombing missions over Germany in 1945.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
Vincent DiMartini seemed to crystallize the angry skepticism that drew more than 150 people last week to the Conestoga High School auditorium. Conestoga is where three senior football players stand accused of assaulting a freshman teammate by violating him with a broom handle. School officials called the meeting to let parents air concerns and ask questions, even if they couldn't get answers. DiMartini, a retired police officer, asserted that Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan had "sensationalized" what happened that day in the locker room last fall, in a bid to get before the cameras and discredit the top-ranking high school.
NEWS
December 25, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia lawyer yesterday was charged with assaulting a narcotics police officer after he threw punches at him in a City Hall courtroom and had to be subdued by other officers, police said. The lawyer, Darryl Irwin, 39, was representing a man charged with drug violations and was awaiting a court hearing shortly before noon when the incident occurred. Police said the officer, Jorge Cruz, was standing in a hallway outside the second-floor courtroom, reviewing his file on Irwin's client when the lawyer told him, "There's no need to read that stuff.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Patricia Madej, Staff Writer
Joseph A. Coffey Jr., 73, who balanced life as a lawyer, family man, and avid traveler, died of cancer Friday, Jan. 22, at his home in Tequesta, Fla., where he had lived since 2000. Mr. Coffey grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He attended Most Blessed Sacrament School in Kingsessing and West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys as well as La Salle University, where he studied marketing, graduating in 1964. After graduating, he served in Army for a year before eventually enrolling in Temple University's law school, from which he graduated in 1969.
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April 22, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's legal team dropped a bid to secretly pursue a legal motion on her behalf Wednesday, after a Philadelphia judge accused one of her lawyers of grossly distorting the judge's words. As a result, Kane's lawyers now plan to file in open court her argument that political enemies have made her a victim of "vindictive and selective" prosecution. In a previous filing, Ross Kramer, a member of Kane's legal team, said the judge, Diana Anhalt, had warned that she might hold Kane and her lawyers in contempt if they filed a public defense motion alleging that Kane was a victim of selective prosecution.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Skip Di Massa is a first-generation Italian American who grew up speaking Italian with his parents in their Abington Township home. He's put that heritage to good use. Di Massa now is a top commercial litigator at Center City law firm Duane Morris, where he represents secured and unsecured lenders in bankruptcy proceedings in federal district court in Philadelphia and in New York and handles a fair amount of business from European clients....
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
At Interboro High School in 1966, John C. Hess was a starter on an All-Delaware County football team and in 1970 a starting tailback on the Princeton University team. "He was an incredible athlete," said Keith Lambie, owner of a surgical distribution firm who met Mr. Hess in Cape May in 1981. He often served as a crew member on Lambie's 30-foot sailboat, he said, once making it from Chesapeake Bay to Martha's Vineyard. After Mr. Hess - at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds - was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2006, "he lived to come to Cape May," where Lambie and his family resided.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Andrea Constand's lawyer on Friday accused Bruce L. Castor Jr. of lying when the former Montgomery County district attorney raised questions about her client's credibility during a February hearing in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case. Castor's testimony was untruthful, lawyer Bebe Kivitz said, and was meant to undermine Constand as the key witness in Cosby's criminal case if it proceeds to trial. "He was on a crusade," Kivitz said, urging a federal judge in Philadelphia to grant her access to communications Cosby's lawyers had with Castor before he took the stand.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Democratic committee members in Center City's Eighth Ward are being asked to sign declarations that they were "not offered anything of pecuniary value" to select State Sen. Larry Farnese as their leader. The reason: FBI agents are asking questions. The apparent cause of the investigation? Farnese spent $6,000 from his campaign account five months before the 2011 ward election to pay for a committeewoman's daughter's college semester abroad. Three people connected to the ward election confirmed that they had been questioned by FBI agents.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned the point of Bill Cosby's request to reseal the decade-old court documents that have helped reignite criminal and civil sexual-assault cases against him. During arguments before judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, one of Cosby's attorneys acknowledged that resealing the records could be akin to putting toothpaste back into the tube. Judge Thomas L. Ambro quipped that even that metaphor might not go far enough.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
John H. Wood Jr., 100, a Bucks County lawyer and a committed Quaker, died Friday, April 1, of respiratory failure at his home at Pennswood Village in Newtown. "He had a passion for living and a curiosity about everything," said daughter Elizabeth Fritsch. "He found people fascinating and life wonderful. " Born to a Quaker family in Langhorne Manor, Mr. Wood never strayed far from his roots, physically or spiritually. Like his parents, Elizabeth Weeks Cadwallader and John H. Wood Sr., he was active in the Society of Friends.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
In their first substantive attack on evidence that could feature in their client's corruption trial, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's attorneys accused prosecutors of lobbing disingenuous accusations and innuendo at members of the congressman's family. Lawyer Samuel W. Silver, in filings late Monday in U.S. District Court, said government lawyers had twisted the meaning behind recorded conversations they hope to use at trial. He specifically cited a tape that prosecutors flagged this month, saying it could expose Fattah's wife, former NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, to possible criminal liability.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
In 2014, Kareem Alleyne was acquitted of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer by hitting him with his car. On Monday, Alleyne's lawyers told a jury that he never should have been charged with vehicular homicide in the first place. They said police investigators overlooked or downplayed damning evidence against their deceased colleague, including that the officer, Marc Brady, had been stalking and harassing Alleyne for dating his ex-girlfriend. "They had made up their minds," said lawyer Lori Mach.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Federal authorities charged a pioneer in the multibillion-dollar payday-loan industry Thursday in the Justice Department's latest and largest case aimed at stifling abusive lenders who have evaded state and federal regulation with stunning efficiency. Prosecutors allege that Charles M. Hallinan - a 75-year-old former investment banker, a Wharton School graduate, and a Main Line resident - dodged each new law meant to stifle usurious loans by paying established banks and Native American tribes to serve as fronts for his loan companies.
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