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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 29, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Mark Fazlollah, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Former Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord secretly cooperated with federal prosecutors in a corruption investigation while in office and wore a body wire to record conversations with others, the Inquirer has learned. He surreptitiously recorded, among others, a major donor to Pennsylvania politicians whose company made millions helping to invest the public's money, four people familiar with the matter said. McCord, who pleaded guilty to attempted extortion in February 2015 but whose sentence has been delayed for months, wore the wire before he entered his plea.
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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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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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May 20, 2013
BALTIMORE - Benjamin Lipsitz, a lawyer who defended the man who tried to kill George Wallace, died May 10. He was 94. Lipsitz was chosen to defend Arthur Bremer, accused of shooting Wallace, a Democratic presidential candidate, and three others, including a Secret Service agent, at a Laurel, Md., shopping center on May 15, 1972. Bremer called his lawyer "my only friend. " With his daughter, Eleanor J. Lipsitz, as co-counsel, he conducted a strong defense in Prince George's Circuit Court.
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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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June 16, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harold Sills, 97, of Bala Cynwyd, a Philadelphia lawyer and social institution, died of aortic stenosis Sunday, June 13, at home. Mr. Sills maintained a general law practice in Center City for 40 years. Then in 1985, at 72, he became general counsel for ICD, in King of Prussia, a subsidiary of Confab Corp. When Confab was purchased by Tyco Corp. in 1998, Mr. Sills and all senior executives were terminated. Two weeks later, his daughter Judith Sills said, he was called to meet with the new CEO, who acknowledged making an error in judgment and rehired Mr. Sills as general counsel.
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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.
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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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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.
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May 12, 2016 | By Chris Brennan and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
STATE SEN. Larry Farnese of Philadelphia was accused in a federal indictment Tuesday of using a $6,000 bribe to sway a 2011 election for a Democratic ward leader in Center City's Eighth Ward. Farnese, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, paid $6,000 to fund a college-study-abroad program for the daughter of a committeewoman in the ward, Ellen Chapman, who was also charged in the indictment. Chapman "had originally intended to support a different candidate in the ward leader election" but switched her vote to help Farnese, according to federal prosecutors.
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May 12, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - John H. Estey, a former top aide to Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, pleaded guilty Tuesday to funneling illegal campaign contributions to Pennsylvania legislators to help a phony company set up by the FBI in an elaborate pay-to-play sting. Estey, a lawyer from Ardmore, pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud committed in 2011, when he was snared in an investigation in which FBI agents posed as businessmen seeking influence with state legislators, according to court documents.
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May 8, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
Drink up, Good Wife fans. After seven seasons, 156 episodes, and who knows how many glasses of red wine, CBS is cutting us off. On Mother's Day. If we're being honest, it's for our own good. Or at least for the good of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), the wronged political spouse whose personal and professional reinvention deserves to be celebrated, not dragged out to the point where no one cares anymore. Already it doesn't matter to me if The Good Wife sends Alicia off into the sunset with her hunky investigator, Jason (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
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May 7, 2016
A judge on Thursday ordered a hearing for this month at which Jerry Sandusky's lawyers can try to prove his claims that prosecutors lied, withheld evidence, and leaked secret grand jury information in a bid to find additional victims of sexual abuse by the former football coach. Judge John Cleland said the May 20 hearing would "provide the defense with an opportunity to prove" claims as it seeks to overturn the verdicts against the former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach or win a new trial.
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May 7, 2016
A former Camden County lawyer was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for falsifying defendants' names in asbestos lawsuits for his personal benefit, federal prosecutors said. Arobert C. Tonagbanua, 47, of Sicklerville, pleaded guilty to fraudulently adding defendant names to more than 100 legitimate asbestos lawsuits filed in New York state courts. Tonagbanua, who worked for a Haddonfield law firm, received bonuses and increased compensation, prosecutors said. The fraudulent acts generated more than $1 million in fees, costs, and settlements.
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May 5, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
As a civil trial looms in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse, a legal stalemate over access to evidence from the now-shuttered criminal probe has reached the state Supreme Court. At issue are three cellphones that lawyers for real estate investor Richard Basciano and for the Salvation Army say could hold evidence absolving their clients of liability in the June 5 collapse, which killed six people and injured 13 in a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets.
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May 4, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Susan M. Jordan Schmader, 57, of Newtown Square, a U.S. Labor Department lawyer for more than three decades, died Thursday, April 28, of ovarian cancer at home. Mrs. Schmader was born and reared in Absecon, N.J. She graduated from Holy Spirit High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in political science and business from Rutgers University. She received a law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law. She was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. During a 32-year career with the Department of Labor, Mrs. Schmader rose from trial attorney to senior trial attorney and finally to regional counsel in the department's solicitor's office for the last 13 years.
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May 3, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Services are planned for Saturday, June 18, for Thomas B.K. Ringe Jr., 88, of Berwyn, a former Navy pilot, lawyer, and businessman. He died Saturday, April 9, from complications of pneumonia at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Ringe became an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia after graduating in 1956 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Two years later, he broke away to form the Center City law firm of Ringe, Peet & Mason, and he continued to practice general corporate law until the mid-1970s, when he cofounded Meditel Inc., one of the first companies to attempt to use computers in medical diagnosis.
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May 2, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
In the world of Pennsylvania politics, it would have been tough to find someone more deeply connected than John Estey. The former chief of staff to Gov. Ed Rendell and a onetime top lawyer, Estey spent the last two decades moving in and out of many circles, Democratic and Republican: Philadelphia City Hall. The state Capitol. The Delaware River Port Authority. A $12 billion charity. Unbeknownst to all but the FBI, he also apparently had another title: federal cooperator. Friday's disclosure that he had been snared in a corruption sting that started seven years ago was poised to be even more explosive than last year's arrest of Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord for extorting political donors.
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