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.
April 18, 1994 |
Jerome C. Groskin, 87, of Wynnewood, a lawyer with his own practice in Philadelphia, died Tuesday at Lankenau Hospital. Family members said that Mr. Groskin, a native of Philadelphia, never retired and was working until recently at his practice in One Penn Center. He specialized in corporate and estate law. He graduated from Temple University Law School in 1926 and spent the early part of his career with the former law firm of Weill Nesbit & Lisenby, leaving in the early 1960s to start his own practice.
August 30, 1987 |
Carlton Rowand, 83, of Cherry Hill, a lawyer for 52 years, died Thursday at West Jersey Health System, Voorhees. Mr. Rowand was a graduate of Camden High School, where he was captain of the basketball and football teams. He studied pre-law at Cornell University and graduated from Temple University Law School in 1930. Mr. Rowand served on the Camden City Board of Education in the 1930s and was a committee clerk of the New Jersey Senate from 1942 to 1944. He was a Republican member of the Camden County Board of Freeholders in the 1950s.
May 15, 1998 |
Daniel Maxymuik, 67, a lawyer and former insurance-company counsel who was active in the Ukrainian American community, died of cancer Sunday at his Rydal home. Mr. Maxymuik had maintained a private law practice in Philadelphia since 1962 and had been the managing attorney in the Philadelphia litigation office of Harleysville Insurance Co. from 1972 to 1992. His work for the Ukrainian American community had included serving as counsel to the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown since 1980 as well as doing pro bono work for Ukrainian Catholic churches and other organizations.