December 23, 1990 |
The defendant: Arnold Decker. The plaintiff: The state of New Jersey. Decker is being charged with conspiracy, attempted robbery and felony murder. He is the accused getaway driver in the armed robbery of a local bank, which left a guard - who was only referred to as Canine - dead. Those were the facts that Judge Robin D. Buser heard as defense attorneys David Benson and Chris Fletcher and prosecutors Deanna Buchborn and Desiree Landrum presented their cases. For Benson, Fletcher, Buchborn and Landrum, there was more at stake than a jury's verdict.
September 21, 1992 |
Even the end was strange. The unconventional lawyer in the odd case of Jay C. Smith learned of his victory in a highly unusual way. An officer of the state Supreme Court hand-delivered the opinion. Didn't say what it was. Just called, asked if the lawyer would be in his unassuming office in the old house on Market Street between the Dunkin' Donuts and the Head Start Beauty Salon just across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. Well, yeah, he was in. He'd lifted weights, put on his blue jeans and powered his 1340cc, midnight-blue Harley-Davidson hog in from his mountaintop estate and stables between Harrisburg and Carlisle.
June 30, 1986 |
Jerome H. Bogutz, who recently completed a term as president of the 26,000- member Pennsylvania Bar Association, relishes his status as a Philadelphia lawyer. "It's the only lawyer that's defined in the dictionary," he said. Bogutz, who lives in Lower Merion, remembers that definition to include "the highest quality in advocacy and legal talent. " In fact, Webster's New World Dictionary defines the Philadelphia lawyer as "a clever, shrewd or tricky lawyer, esp. one skilled in taking advantage of legal technicalities.
December 19, 1997 |
Off came the silk tie and leather belt - a routine precaution to ensure prisoners can't harm themselves. On went the handcuffs. A multimillionaire one minute, a pauper the next. Such was 59-year-old Allen W. Stewart's sudden transformation yesterday from big-time Philadelphia lawyer and businessman to jailhouse inmate, accountable like any other lawbreaker. For Stewart, the consummate corporate lawyer - a former partner in one of the nation's top law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a graduate of Penn Law School and the Naval Academy, a former Navy flier, a "rainmaker" who made up to $500,000 a year - it could be at least 14 years before he gets home for the holidays.
November 9, 1998 |
Victor Ventura loved his new career as a lawyer in private practice. The former Philadelphia assistant district attorney was committed to his Latino clients and even worked pro bono - without fee, refusing to turn away a person in need. For Ventura, this weekend began like any other: The 31-year-old worked in his Center City law office, Sigal & Ventura, Friday, then headed home to his Collingswood, N.J., apartment. But Saturday morning, Ventura's life was cut short - allegedly ended by his live-in girlfriend during an argument.
November 19, 1989 |
Lower Moreland Township resident David E. Shapiro has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment for fraud and tax violations in a scheme he devised to secure a home at the New Jersey shore and to later declare bankruptcy. Shapiro, 41, a Center City lawyer, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Justice Lewis C. Bechtle for mortgage, bankruptcy and tax fraud in a scheme in which he overstated and understated his income during a two-year period. Bechtle reccomended that Shapiro serve two years in the Federal Prison Camp at Allenwood, five years probation and 1,000 hours of community service upon his release, according to assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Carr Jr. Shapiro, a criminal-defense lawyer, was indicted in March on 26 counts of fraud and tax violations, according to Carr.
April 14, 1990 |
In these days of high-price political handlers, some candidates are better off on their own. Take Marlin D. Cutshall, Republican candidate for the state House from York County. He has a ready-made slogan, and he already knows what kind of image he wants to portray. Since he retired from teaching eight years ago, Cutshall, 50, has led a one-man crusade against what he calls "mafia lawyer scum. " He uses the term mafia to refer collectively to the legal profession, most of whose members he believes are thugs.
July 16, 2004 |
Mary Ann Scheuhing, 58, a sunny, funny lawyer with red curls, green eyes and freckles, died July 7 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston of acute respiratory distress syndrome complicated by a stroke. A former Main Line resident, she lived in Key West, Fla., for the last 10 years. Dr. Scheuhing was vacationing in Cape Cod when she developed a high fever days before her death. Dr. Scheuhing was born in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1964.
December 3, 2008 |
Having spent four years in Washington with the Clinton administration, former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson Diaz may return for a second extended stay. Diaz, who served as city solicitor under Mayor John F. Street, is among a handful of high-profile Latinos rumored to be possible picks to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President-elect Barack Obama. Diaz said yesterday that shortly after Election Day, he received a call from Obama's transition team to gauge his interest in a Washington position.
March 29, 1994 |
A Russian man accused of trying to extort $150,000 from Buffalo Sabres wing Alexander Mogilny was just a friend looking for a loan, his lawyer said yesterday. "He needed some money and he went to his best friend and asked if he could borrow it," attorney Robert Riordan said. "There never was any threat. " Sergey Fomitov, also known as Sergey Pavlosky, was arrested Friday night outside the Sabres' locker room and later charged with attempted second-degree grand larceny. Mogilny told police that Fomitov, who had helped him defect from the Soviet Union in 1989, followed him after practice and demanded $150,000 or he would shoot and stab him. Mogilny has called him "just a business partner.