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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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June 3, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Herbert and Catherine Schaible's faith in the laws of God put them on a collision course with the laws of man when their 8-month-old son, Brandon, fell ill in April. As members of First Century Gospel Church, a Juniata Park Christian congregation that shuns medical care as an affront to God, they turned to prayer when Brandon became ill with what proved to be a fatal case of bacterial pneumonia. Prayer was what they turned to in January 2009 when their 2-year-old son, Kent, also died of bacterial pneumonia, a death that led to involuntary-manslaughter convictions, 10 years' probation, and a court order to seek medical care when their seven other children got sick.
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December 4, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PHILLY MUSICIAN Meek Mill can finally work on his newest rap album instead of his rap sheet. Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was released from prison yesterday after serving five months behind bars on a probation violation, according to Shawn Hawes, Philadelphia prisons spokeswoman. Mill, 27, has been incarcerated since July 11, when Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced him to three-to-six months in prison for violating his probation on a drug-and-gun case from 2009.
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November 26, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
HAS CHAKA FATTAH JR. lost his marbles? Or does the indicted son of the embattled congressman have a plan - a secret legal strategy that will lead to his acquittal? Either way, Fattah Jr. says he doesn't need a lawyer. Fattah Jr., 31, is asking the court for permission to represent himself - known as "pro se" representation - as he fights bank-fraud and tax-evasion charges. Last week, Fattah Jr. filed a motion to proceed pro se as his March 9 trial date approaches. He does not have a law degree - or a college degree, for that matter.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Jia Lynn Yang, Washington Post
HONG KONG - Edward Snowden's surprising exit from this city was prompted by a mysterious messenger who relayed to the former contractor that he should leave Hong Kong - and that if he tried to go, he would not be stopped, one of his lawyers said Monday. Unsure whether to trust this person but aware that his options were dwindling, Snowden decided to go for it, said the lawyer, Albert Ho. On Sunday morning, the 30-year-old American, who leaked top-secret U.S. documents, went to the airport with another of his lawyers, used his own passport, and boarded an Aeroflot flight to Moscow without special assistance, according to Ho, all while plainclothes police officers hovered around him. The circumstances of Snowden's departure from Hong Kong have baffled lawmakers and legal experts here who expected a drawn-out battle in the courts of this semiautonomous region.
NEWS
April 6, 2012 | By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
BELLEFONTE - Former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer said after a short pretrial hearing Thursday that he expected the presiding judge to soon dismiss defense motions to have the child sexual abuse charges thrown out, but he hoped he would allow them to be refiled after more evidence is disclosed by prosecutors. During a 20-minute hearing attended by the retired defensive coordinator and his wife, Sandusky defense attorney Joe Amendola withdrew his attempt to prevent the Attorney General's Office from using at trial secretly recorded conversations between Sandusky and two of the 10 boys he is accused of sexually abusing.
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.
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July 25, 2010 | By Joseph Tanfani and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
These days, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille says he feels betrayed by his onetime lawyer in the Family Court project. "If I was in the Marine Corps, the guy would be stripped of his rank. He'd be drummed out," Castille said of Jeffrey B. Rotwitt, who was getting paid on both sides of the $200 million deal to build a courthouse at 15th and Arch Streets. But that wasn't the case in April. When Castille was first asked about Rotwitt's codeveloper role, he didn't seem upset with Rotwitt at all. Instead, he was angry at being questioned about it. With an Inquirer writer pushing court officials for an explanation, Rotwitt met with Castille, then e-mailed him a suggested "clear statement of the facts": Yes, Rotwitt and Donald Pulver were codevelopers, the statement said, without suggesting it was any sort of problem.
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.
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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.
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December 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis X. Grabowski, 68, of Hilltown Township, a Bucks County lawyer, died Monday, Nov. 24, of a heart attack at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Grabowski was the founding partner of Grabowski Associates, a law firm focusing on commercial, corporate, and municipal law. His family said Mr. Grabowski's goal was to open a client-defined practice in Perkasie. He achieved that goal, and for 40 years argued cases before a variety of state and federal courts. Mr. Grabowski also appeared before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Delaware River Basin Commission.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PHILLY MUSICIAN Meek Mill can finally work on his newest rap album instead of his rap sheet. Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was released from prison yesterday after serving five months behind bars on a probation violation, according to Shawn Hawes, Philadelphia prisons spokeswoman. Mill, 27, has been incarcerated since July 11, when Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced him to three-to-six months in prison for violating his probation on a drug-and-gun case from 2009.
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The traumatized girl in the Special Victims Unit in March described a sex-trafficking underworld that stretched from Germantown to Georgia. The teenager said her captors had threatened to kill her if she ran from their home on a modest Northwest Philadelphia block. She said they had forced her, age 14, to have sex with as many as seven men a day. She didn't know most of the men's names - but she could name one for certain, a Center City lawyer she knew as "Meehan. " The girl remembered where he worked: "a big building near City Hall.
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November 26, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
HAS CHAKA FATTAH JR. lost his marbles? Or does the indicted son of the embattled congressman have a plan - a secret legal strategy that will lead to his acquittal? Either way, Fattah Jr. says he doesn't need a lawyer. Fattah Jr., 31, is asking the court for permission to represent himself - known as "pro se" representation - as he fights bank-fraud and tax-evasion charges. Last week, Fattah Jr. filed a motion to proceed pro se as his March 9 trial date approaches. He does not have a law degree - or a college degree, for that matter.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a last-ditch effort to salvage the sale of the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City to Brookfield Asset Management for $110 million, Revel's bankruptcy attorney has scheduled a meeting Monday in New York to pursue negotiations. But it is not clear if Brookfield will be there. "I'm going to make a request to Brookfield to be there. All I can do is try," Revel's attorney, John K. Cunningham, told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria M. Burns. Brookfield, a Toronto real estate investment manager, said Wednesday that it was walking away from the deal because it could not reach a suitable agreement with bondholders of ACR Energy Partners L.L.C., which owns Revel's central utility plant.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Danon tried to warn Vanguard Group it was illegally underpaying its income taxes while he was a tax lawyer for the company from 2008 to 2013 and was punished in return, according to an affidavit filed in his whistleblower lawsuit last week. Danon, of Wayne, contends that after trying to "silence" him, Vanguard fired him "in retaliation for my persistent vocal questioning. " He said he sued only after Vanguard officials refused to act on what he termed "clear violations of law. " Danon said Vanguard, based in Malvern and holding $3 trillion in assets, was "intentionally engaged in unlawful conduct," in court papers meant to answer Vanguard's efforts to discredit him and stop his complaint from advancing in New York Superior Court.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane could not have broken the law by leaking information this year about a secret 2009 investigation, because she was not in office when that probe occurred, one of her lawyers asserted Tuesday. In an interview, Lanny Davis suggested that because Kane was at home raising two children in 2009, she was not bound by the secrecy laws that bar the release of grand jury information. Davis said that responsibility did not start until Kane took her oath of office last year, and applies only to subsequent cases.
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November 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IT SEEMED simple enough. City Councilman Dennis O'Brien proposed a bill aimed at tackling the issue of notario fraud, or fraud committed by people who prey on immigrants by misrepresenting themselves as lawyers or by offering legal advice on immigration issues when they are not qualified to do so. Under O'Brien's bill, people and businesses seeking to perform immigration-assistance services, such as providing translation, would have to...
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawyer for Bill Cosby said Sunday the comedian will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response. The statement from attorney John P. Schmitt - released to The Associated Press and posted online - is Cosby's first reaction to rising uproar over allegations that he had sexually assaulted several women in the past. Cosby declined Saturday in an interview on NPR's Weekend Edition to answer any questions about the recently resurfaced allegations of sexual assault.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Grant, who has become a Center City fixture as "Philly Jesus" with his long hair, beard, robes, and staff, was arrested Friday in his LOVE Park stomping grounds, shortly after taking a few laps around the new Dilworth Park skating rink. He has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. "Those are charges that, in my experience, the government uses when you don't do whatever the government wants you to do, or that the police officer wants you to do," said Charles M. Gibbs, the lawyer Grant retained Saturday morning to represent him. Gibbs asked Grant to refer media inquiries to him. "He's a very decent young man who is simply exercising his First Amendment right of speech," Gibbs said Saturday.
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