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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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August 22, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
NOW IT APPEARS that five of the 10 defendants in the Ironworkers union racketeering-conspiracy case will plead guilty next month. The attorney for Edward Sweeney said yesterday that Sweeney, 55, who was one of Ironworkers Local Union 401's business agents, will plead guilty to some charges at a hearing Sept. 30 in federal court. Attorney Carmen Nasuti III said he met with Sweeney Monday. "We talked about other people pleading guilty, and had another chance to review the case," Nasuti said.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JASON "WOLF" PARKER, a Philadelphia man arrested this spring for allegedly impersonating a lawyer, was convicted Tuesday of contempt of court for defying a judge's order to stay out of the city's Criminal Justice Center. Before being led from the courtroom by a deputy sheriff, Parker - sounding like a lawyer - told Common Pleas Judge Rayford Means that he objected and would be appealing. Though the contempt conviction is only a misdemeanor punishable by just under six months in jail, Parker's legal troubles are far from over.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
MOST CON ARTISTS eventually end up in court. But few are bold enough to work the hallways and courtrooms of the courthouse. That's what Jason "Wolf" Parker is accused of doing at Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center - right under the noses of hundreds of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and police officers. Parker - whom court records show has previously been arrested under the names Jasheon Parker and Jason Parks - was charged during a hearing Tuesday with impersonating a lawyer.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FOUR DEFENDANTS in the Ironworkers union case pleaded not guilty yesterday to a second set of racketeering-conspiracy charges in federal court. Joseph Dougherty, the former longtime head of Ironworkers Local Union 401; ex-business agents Christopher Prophet and William O'Donnell; and member Richard Ritchie will face trial Jan. 5. Now, it appears four other defendants may plead guilty in the case. Yesterday, a change-of-plea hearing was scheduled for Sept. 23 for defendant Greg Sullivan.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - The list of casinos closing or expected to close here just keeps growing. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino will shut its doors for good in mid-September, according to state officials who were briefed Friday by lawyers for the casino. "I believe Sept. 16 is the targeted closure date that we were told," said Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D., Atlantic). Mazzeo said he and State Sen. Jim Whelan (D., Atlantic) received a phone call late Friday afternoon from a Trump Plaza lawyer. Atlantic County officials also were briefed, he said.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The judge strongly urged the defendant in a capital murder case not to do it. His lawyers did the same. But in the end, Raghunandan Yandamuri took his own counsel - and became his own counsel. After a two-hour hearing in Norristown, a Montgomery County Court judge on Friday granted Yandamuri's request to drop his court-appointed lawyer and represent himself at trial this summer. Yandamuri, a citizen of India in the United States on a work visa, faces murder and other charges in the October 2012 deaths of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61, at the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the McIntyre brothers of North Philadelphia, pimping was a family affair - a profession that landed one in federal prison Monday and threatens to send the other to join him soon. A federal judge sentenced younger brother Rahim, an aspiring 35-year-old rapper who went by the street name "King Kobra," to 21 years and 10 months behind bars on Monday after a conviction on three counts of sex trafficking. Younger brother Rashaad, who adopted "Sincere" as his moniker, pleaded guilty to trafficking charges of his own and an additional count of producing child pornography.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
History should decide, not the courts, whether Chris Goldstein and Don DeZarn - two New Jerseyans who each lit up a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette during a protest at Independence National Historical Park last year - belong in the same pantheon as Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk, and Allen Ginsberg, a federal judge said in a caustic written opinion issued this week. In her 10-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe in Philadelphia rejected appeals filed by Goldstein, 38, of Willingboro, and DeZarn, 48, of East Windsor, who argued that identical two-year probationary terms and $3,000 fines imposed by a lower court were harsh and that they should not have been ordered to stay away from future marijuana protests at the park, which Goldstein had organized.
NEWS
May 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dante Mattioni, 83, of Chestnut Hill, a lawyer and civic leader in Philadelphia, died Monday, May 5, of complications from congestive heart failure at the Hospice of Philadelphia-Falls Center. In 1963, Mr. Mattioni founded his own law firm, based on his experience as a Merchant Marine officer. From the outset, the firm specialized in handling admiralty and maritime matters. Over the years, Mr. Mattioni expanded the firm, Mattioni Ltd., to include business law, estate planning, real estate, and labor law. Mr. Mattioni retired from active practice in 2008 but continued to be involved in the legal and business communities.
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August 22, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
NOW IT APPEARS that five of the 10 defendants in the Ironworkers union racketeering-conspiracy case will plead guilty next month. The attorney for Edward Sweeney said yesterday that Sweeney, 55, who was one of Ironworkers Local Union 401's business agents, will plead guilty to some charges at a hearing Sept. 30 in federal court. Attorney Carmen Nasuti III said he met with Sweeney Monday. "We talked about other people pleading guilty, and had another chance to review the case," Nasuti said.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LAWYERS FOR the two men awaiting trial for allegedly causing last year's Market Street building collapse that killed six and injured 13 gave notice yesterday that they will seek to sever the case so their clients can be tried separately. If Griffin Campbell and Sean Benschop were tried together, statements Benschop made after the collapse incriminating Campbell could not be properly challenged, Campbell's attorney, William Hobson, said after a brief court hearing. Attorney Daine Grey, who represents Benschop, said he supported the call for separate trials.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
History should decide, not the courts, whether Chris Goldstein and Don DeZarn - two New Jerseyans who each lit up a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette during a protest at Independence National Historical Park last year - belong in the same pantheon as Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk, and Allen Ginsberg, a federal judge said in a caustic written opinion issued this week. In her 10-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe in Philadelphia rejected appeals filed by Goldstein, 38, of Willingboro, and DeZarn, 48, of East Windsor, who argued that identical two-year probationary terms and $3,000 fines imposed by a lower court were harsh and that they should not have been ordered to stay away from future marijuana protests at the park, which Goldstein had organized.
NEWS
August 21, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JASON "WOLF" PARKER, a Philadelphia man arrested this spring for allegedly impersonating a lawyer, was convicted yesterday of contempt of court for defying a judge's order to stay out of the city's Criminal Justice Center. Before being led from the courtroom by a deputy sheriff, Parker - sounding like a lawyer - told Common Pleas Judge Rayford Means that he objected and would be appealing. Though the contempt conviction is only a misdemeanor punishable by just under six months in jail, Parker's legal troubles are far from over.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, aided by three lawyers and a courtroom full of supporters, yesterday failed to persuade a judge to release him from jail early. That means the summertime blues will continue for the "Amen" rapper, who was sentenced July 11 to serve three to six months in jail for violating terms of his probation, which stems from a 2008 drug-and-gun conviction. Not only did Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley reject every argument proffered on behalf of the rapper born Robert Williams, she and his lead attorney got into a testy exchange over the lawyer's belief that the judge was being disrespectful and rushing him along so that she could officiate at a wedding.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate on Monday confirmed the nomination of a Haddon Heights lawyer and ally of South Jersey Democrats to Rutgers University's main governing body. William M. Tambussi's appointment to the board of governors was part of the Democratic-controlled Senate's unanimous approval of a package of Gov. Christie's nominees for various state positions. Tambussi, 56, replaces former Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., also of Camden County. A higher-education restructuring act that passed in 2012 requires one of the governor's eight appointees to the 15-member board to be a Camden County resident.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Lawyers for six defendants charged with corruption in connection with Pennsylvania Turnpike contracts ripped into the state prosecution Monday in a last-ditch attempt to shut down or seriously weaken the case before a forthcoming trial. The lawyers said the indictment unfairly sought to criminalize the legal practice of dunning government contractors for campaign contributions. And the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the defense lawyers said, had fallen far short in amassing evidence tying gifts and campaign money to specific contracts.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the McIntyre brothers of North Philadelphia, pimping was a family affair - a profession that landed one in federal prison Monday and threatens to send the other to join him soon. A federal judge sentenced younger brother Rahim, an aspiring 35-year-old rapper who went by the street name "King Kobra," to 21 years and 10 months behind bars on Monday after a conviction on three counts of sex trafficking. Younger brother Rashaad, who adopted "Sincere" as his moniker, pleaded guilty to trafficking charges of his own and an additional count of producing child pornography.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
As painful as the Sept. 2 closure of the Revel casino in Atlantic City will be for the more than 4,000 employees who work there, it could help spur a sale of the $2.4 billion property, a Revel attorney said in bankruptcy court Monday. None of the bidders who submitted bids by the Aug. 4 deadline were willing to operate Revel as it exists and bankroll losses of between $1 million and $2 million a week. "It may be that some of the dust has to settle from our shutdown," John K. Cunningham, a White & Case L.L.P.
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