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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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January 2, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel M. Rendine, 105, a longtime Philadelphia lawyer and an avid golfer who once played in a twice-weekly foursome that included the pool legend Willie Mosconi and the newscaster Tom Snyder, died Monday, Dec. 29, of heart failure at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mr. Rendine, who was the oldest man in attendance when the city honored more than 100 centenarians in June, attributed his longevity to moderation: "I won't turn down a drink, but I won't go overboard with a drink. " He served as an assistant city solicitor from 1942 to 1952 and as a special assistant deputy attorney general from 1960 to 1968.
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
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
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
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
May 17, 2001 | By Dominic Sama INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul Maloney, 93, of Bryn Mawr, a retired Center City fiduciary lawyer and former president of the Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia, died at his home Monday of complications from diabetes. Mr. Maloney practiced for more than 40 years, specializing in administering estates and trusts. He started in 1936 with the Center City law firm of Evans, Bayard & Frick and remained there until the start of World War II, when he entered the Navy. He was assigned to the Navy's Office of the General Counsel in Washington.
NEWS
February 28, 2008 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia lawyer pleaded guilty to forging a court document yesterday in New Jersey Superior Court in Camden. Rather than tell a client that a case had been dismissed, Nina E. Perris, 48, gave him a forged court order that said he would receive money for injuries received when a security gate fell on him in Virginia. The client showed the document to another lawyer, who recognized it was not an official court order and took it to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The demolition contractor charged in the deadly 2013 collapse of a Center City building wants access to the files of all of the city agencies that opened inquiries into the catastrophe. But a Common Pleas Court judge ruled Friday that he should not expect to get those documents from prosecutors. Judge Glenn B. Bronson said prosecutors had no obligation to share investigative material produced by agencies other than law enforcement, such as the mayor's office, under pretrial evidence-sharing rules.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
They say, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Ask Chaka Fattah Jr., currently defending himself against charges of bank fraud, tax evasion, and stealing government funds, and he just might tell you there's truth in that adage. Prosecutors may beg to differ. Since a judge approved his request to represent himself last month, Fattah - the 32-year-old son of Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) - has flooded the court with dozens of motions that he hopes will defang the case against him. Call it defense by a thousand pinpricks.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a recording of Michele Durham's 911 call played in the silent courtroom, mother and son wiped tears from their eyes. When she made the call, Durham, whose son is accused of killing her husband, did not know that the fistfight she was reporting would turn deadly. It was the most emotional moment during the first day of a Chester County Court murder trial in which Deviane Justin Scott, 21, is charged in the 2013 shooting of Joseph Durham, 36. As the trial opened Tuesday in West Chester, the prosecutor called it a family fight that spiraled out of control.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawyer for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Saturday that she would not resign if charged with leaking confidential grand jury information to a newspaper. Lanny J. Davis, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, said Kane was being subjected to a "one-sided, biased investigation. " "This railroad train seems to me to be driven by some men with grudges, men who are bitter and angry at being exposed and professionally embarrassed - men who have political agendas to railroad Kathleen Kane out of office and destroy her career," he said.
NEWS
January 2, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel M. Rendine, 105, a longtime Philadelphia lawyer and an avid golfer who once played in a twice-weekly foursome that included the pool legend Willie Mosconi and the newscaster Tom Snyder, died Monday, Dec. 29, of heart failure at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mr. Rendine, who was the oldest man in attendance when the city honored more than 100 centenarians in June, attributed his longevity to moderation: "I won't turn down a drink, but I won't go overboard with a drink. " He served as an assistant city solicitor from 1942 to 1952 and as a special assistant deputy attorney general from 1960 to 1968.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
As young lawyers at Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. in Philadelphia, toiling late into the night and on weekends over mergers and acquisitions and contract negotiations, Nirvana Dove and Zakiya Black realized one important thing about their profession: It is not especially conducive to maintaining a beauty regimen. "To get to a salon before they close is often difficult," Black said. And if they did manage to get weekends off, those hours were mostly spent on errands. How is a time-starved professional and/or housebound new mother supposed to get pampered, they wondered over breaks fueled by Chinese takeout.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert C. Bixler, 73, a retired real estate lawyer and competitive equestrian who lived in Radnor, died Friday, Dec. 19, at the Heatherwood Retirement Center in Honeybrook, Chester County, of oral cancer. Mr. Bixler spent more than 25 years working for the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Co., helping to seal real estate deals that were part of the company's investment portfolio. One of the biggest purchases he helped to broker was a large hotel in Hawaii, his former wife of 22 years, Karen Ramsing-Bixler, said.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
THANK GOODNESS District Attorney Seth Williams decided to pick up the pieces of a corruption case dropped by Attorney General Kathleen Kane. When she took office last year, Kane inherited the results of a sting operation that netted a group of state legislators for allegedly taking bribes. The new attorney general wanted nothing to do with the case, saying it was "dead on arrival," was hopelessly flawed and raised the possibility it was motivated by racial prejudice. (The legislators involved were black Democrats from Philadelphia.)
NEWS
December 14, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge on Friday granted permission for Chaka Fattah Jr. to represent himself in a tax and bank fraud case that could send him to prison for life if he is convicted. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III agreed to allow Fattah, son of U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), to be his own lawyer. Before ruling, Bartle carefully instructed Fattah, 32, on each of the criminal charges he faced and added that the case carries a maximum penalty of 418 years in prison and $12.4 million in fines.
NEWS
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.
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