July 18, 1987 |
The attorney-in-charge of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Camden will become a federal magistrate in the next few months, U.S. District Judge John Gerry announced yesterday. Joel Rosen, 40, a career prosecutor who took charge of the Camden office about a year ago, was among three finalists considered for the magistrate's job by a panel of judges Thursday. Rosen could not be reached for comment yesterday. Magistrates handle arraignments on criminal cases and shepherd civil lawsuits through the pretrial and discovery process.
August 7, 1987 |
Ruth Henderson Marmon, 75, a former Democratic ward leader in Brewerytown and city magistrate who was accused - and later cleared - of accepting a bribe, died Wednesday at Maury County Hospital in Columbia, Tenn. Mrs. Marmon, the fourth woman and the first Democrat to be appointed a magistrate, was convicted in 1966 of accepting a $100 bribe in a numbers gambling case brought before her court. Sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison, she was free on appeal when she was cleared by the deathbed statement of the principal prosecution witness, former state Rep. John J. Welsh.
September 1, 1993 |
George L. Funkhouser 3d, accused of defrauding coin dealers of more than $1 million in coins and bullion, got a stern lecture from a federal magistrate and an increase in bail yesterday for communicating with a potential witness two weeks ago. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert K. Reed, Funkhouser - who was free after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bail on the fraud charges - contacted former associate Curtis Pfeffer on Aug. 17 by...
January 6, 1989 |
Admitted drug dealer George Botsaris, once a reputed leader of the so- called Greek Mob in Philadelphia, was released on $200,000 bail yesterday by a federal magistrate to await further court proceedings. Botsaris, who returned from Greece and surrendered to the FBI Tuesday after being a fugitive for about 16 months, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to sell cocaine, said his attorney, Joshua Briskin. The $200,000 bail was set by U.S. Magistrate Tullio G. Leomporra at the recommendation of prosecutors and Briskin.
August 1, 1994 |
Kevin W. Galbraith, a wealthy Chester County horse-farm owner, could have stepped out of a Charles Dickens novel as a modern-day Scrooge. Galbraith treated his farm manager Jeffrey Robbins and family "so outrageously" that a federal magistrate judge last week likened it to "a lord and vassal in a feudal system. " After a nine-day bench trial earlier this year, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Smith issued his ruling on Friday. Galbraith and Galbraith Enterprises, one of several companies the Paoli resident owns, were ordered to pay $120,000 in compensatory and punitive damages to Robbins and his family in the civil case.
November 25, 1987 |
A statewide grand jury is scheduled to take testimony next week in the case of a Lackawanna County district magistrate who made news and probably lost an election by being a featured player in a homemade video of sex and possible drug use. The main focus of the grand jury will be on the Old Forge Police Department and on allegations of corruption in its handling of the case. At the heart of the case is "Amy," a video tape in which Old Forge District Magistrate Christopher Powell Jr., 35, is engaged in sexual acts and snorting a white powder with the woman he later married, according to police officials.
June 21, 2011 |
Eagles linebacker Akeem Jordan was arrested in connection with an incident in Harrisonburg, Va., early Sunday and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department. Jordan, 25, is a Harrisonburg native and played at James Madison University. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Firetap Bar and Grill on Evelyn Byrd Avenue at 2 a.m. "They got into a verbal altercation, which led to a physical disorderly incident," said police spokeswomen Mary-Hope Vass.
March 29, 1994 |
Local restaurateur and reputed Mafia soldier Luigi "Gino" Tripodi yesterday convinced a federal magistrate to release him on bail and house arrest pending trial on racketeering charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin E. Naythons said he was "impressed" by Tripodi's willingness to post $125,000 cash, or 10 percent of $1.25 million bail, and an outpouring of support by family, friends and business associates. The bail is to be secured by 10 properties worth more than $1 million, some owned by Tripodi's relatives and friends and forfeitable to the government if Tripodi flees or in any way violates terms of his release.
July 30, 1986 |
An Israeli citizen was arrested by the FBI in Philadelphia yesterday for allegedly offering $35,000 to a local helicopter pilot in a bizarre plot to help three friends, reputed drug smugglers, break out of a prison in England. The Israeli, who identified himself as Abraham Ahronovich, was held last night on $5,000 bail by U.S. Magistrate William F. Hall Jr., for a hearing later today. He was charged with mounting an "expedition against a friendly nation. " Ahronovich told the magistrate he once operated a restaurant in Philadelphia.
April 22, 1995 |
Stanley M. Bednarek, 91, a retired real estate agent, former magistrate, Polish community leader and avid fisherman, who once caught a 776-pound bluefin tuna, died Wednesday at his home in the Torresdale section of the city. In 1954, while fishing at Soldiers Rip, off Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, Mr. Bednarek landed the largest catch of the season. His award was a U.S. savings bond. "He turned it over to the IRS because he got it for nothing," said his wife, Lucy Bielawski Bednarek.