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July 18, 1987 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 7, 1987 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 1, 1993 | By Bill Ordine, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
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January 6, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 1, 1994 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 25, 1987 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 21, 2011 | Daily News Staff Report
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.
NEWS
March 29, 1994 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 30, 1986 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 22, 1995 | By Barbara J. Richberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 6, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday in the closely watched criminal case against XTO Energy in connection with a 2010 Marcellus Shale wastewater spill has been postponed after the Lycoming County magistrate recused himself. District Judge Jon E. Kemp recused himself Friday afternoon, according to his office in Muncy. He did not provide a reason, but there had been discussions in his court over whether he should withdraw from the case over gas-drilling leases he may have on his own property.
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March 16, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A longtime Chester County magistrate judge claims that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated his constitutional rights when it suspended him without pay because he was charged with fixing tickets at Philadelphia Traffic Court. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia, District Judge Mark A. Bruno describes himself as "an extremely hardworking" and respected jurist who has been unable to pay bills or find work since being removed Feb. 1, when federal prosecutors announced charges against him and eight other former or current Traffic Court judges.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2011 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge sitting in New York has found there is no evidence lawyers at the Center City firm of Kohn, Swift & Graf P.C. were aware of potentially fraudulent actions in a huge pollution lawsuit it financed that alleges that Chevron Corp. had despoiled vast stretches of the Amazon rain forest. However, the ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis requires the Kohn firm and other parties to turn over internal documents that Chevron contends may bolster its claim that opposing lawyers in Ecuador corruptly influenced the judiciary there.
SPORTS
June 21, 2011 | Daily News Staff Report
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.
NEWS
June 1, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mobster Martin Angelina, charged last week in a major organized-crime racketeering-gambling case, moved a step closer to making bail Tuesday when a magistrate judge set conditions, including 24-hour home confinement, that would have sprung the South Philadelphia wiseguy from federal detention. But federal prosecutors immediately sought and were granted a stay of the order imposed by Judge Felipe Restrepo pending a hearing Wednesday. Prosecutors argued that Angelina, 48, who served nearly seven years on a racketeering conviction in 2001, was a danger to the community no matter what the bail conditions.
NEWS
December 23, 2010 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Olaniyan Adefumi arrived at Fern Rock to hawk newspapers at the usual time, 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, and between trains he talked about physics. And statistics. And poetry, lots of poetry. "Away from the music box of noise," begins a new composition about a trip to the Shore. "With dancing little children. . . . " The 52-year-old works for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News in a program that provides piecework for those down on their luck. His luck is about to change.
NEWS
August 7, 2010
Senate setback for 2 judge nominees WASHINGTON - Two of President Obama's choices to be federal judges in California have been dealt a setback, as the Senate adjourned for a month and sent back to the White House the nominations of University of California, Berkeley, law professor Goodwin Liu and San Francisco magistrate Edward M. Chen. Liu and Chen face solid Republican opposition, and their chances of being confirmed now look in doubt. Under a rarely invoked rule, the Senate must agree to carry over pending nominations when it goes on a 30-day recess.
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November 16, 2008 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Peter B. Scuderi, 80, of Glen Mills, a U.S. magistrate judge for 34 years, died of pneumonia Thursday at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown Township. In 1974, U.S. district judges chose Judge Scuderi from among more than 40 applicants to be a federal magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was smart, efficient and personable, and could bring opposing parties together to settle cases, his son Peter J. said. He had great respect for the courtroom and would never embarrass an attorney in front of a client, his son said.
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May 12, 2007 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before a packed gallery at the U.S. Courthouse in Camden yesterday, a magistrate judge ordered six men charged with plotting to murder Fort Dix soldiers to be held without bail. Afterward, their lawyers said they would plead not guilty. The six, whose only visitors since their arrest Monday have been lawyers, searched for familiar faces as they shuffled into the courtroom, wearing green jumpsuits, pink slippers and leg irons. Many of the 30 friends and family who attended waved.
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