September 9, 2011 |
IT'S NOT too often a guy walks onto a football field and wonders whether his hip pads can fit into a bathing suit. Add 29th Street Stadium to the list of places hit by flooding yesterday. Luckily, the newly created lake - 100-plus yards long, 10 yards wide, 3 to 5 inches deep for 70-plus yards - was not on the field of play, but instead right along the south sideline. Thus, the teams from host Ben Franklin and Boys' Latin stood on the visiting sideline for a Public AAA opener.
May 9, 2010 |
After the witnesses had been grilled, the evidence entered, and the defendant himself had taken the stand in a dramatic, if theatrical, bid to win acquittal, it all came down to closing arguments. Prosecutors contended a web of circumstantial evidence led inescapably to the conclusion the defendant had committed aggravated assault when a flash mob gathered on Independence Mall. The defense countered that the charges against high school student Maddox Hale were more guesswork than police work.
April 1, 2008 |
On a rainy first day of baseball season, Overbrook High School coach Philip Beauchemin was busy fielding a different kind of team - lawyers-in-training. Overbrook's mock trial team gathered yesterday to celebrate its win on Saturday in the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Mock Trial Competition. Students Cedric Ingram Jr. and Jamal Hill carried in the team's two trophies and passed them around for their teammates to see. "It's a privilege to be on the team," said Keirsten Harris-Andrews.
November 14, 2006 |
A "people's tribunal" of human-rights activists, international lawyers, and a well-known Nobel laureate met in the shadow of the United Nations yesterday for a mock trial in which a former Darfurian now living in Northeast Philadelphia testified of atrocities and Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir was pronounced guilty of genocide. Since 2003, Sudan's western province of Darfur has been the scene of wholesale slaughter and displacement, in which millions of Darfurians of African heritage have been killed or driven from their homes by Arab-descended Janjaweed militias and armies loyal to Bashir.
July 28, 2006 |
These are the kids who have to live with the bad reputation. They are the ones who have to tell people they're from Camden, then watch those people recall the city's infamous label: America's "most dangerous city. " While they have to live with the negative stereotypes, they also live for those moments when they prove them all wrong. Moments like yesterday, after 13 high school students from Camden and one student from Pennsauken finished a mock trial before retired Superior Court Judge Frank M. Lario.
April 14, 2006 |
Jawanna Davis, a University City High School senior, walked into the moot court room at American University's Washington College of Law, nervous and unsure of what she had gotten herself into. Her limited experience included a mock trial of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in elementary school, and she'd expected to be debating peers from other inner-city high schools. Instead, her opponents, dressed in dark suits and pearls, were top debaters from high schools around the country - and they'd been competing for years.
December 7, 2005 |
FOXY BROWN, the Def Jam artist who is facing charges of assaulting a manicurist at a Chelsea nail salon last year, is almost totally deaf, according to the New York Daily News. Her lawyer told reporters that she's lost almost all her hearing. "She can't hear me. We have to write things back and forth. "Anything I have to communicate with her now has to be written," said lawyer Joseph Tacopina after the two appeared in court for hearing on the assault case. The rapper was diagnosed in May with sensorineural hearing loss, which can be caused by a viral infection.
February 13, 2005 |
For 10 hours, they gathered for an intriguing court case: the federal corruption trial of former City Treasurer Corey Kemp, two Commerce Bank executives, and two others. There were 50 of them, people from across the region - suburbanites and city residents, black and white, Democrats, Republicans, veterans, and workers from many walks of life. But these men and women were not prospective jurors for the trial, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
September 23, 2004 |
Eight juries, four of which exclude women and minorities, will decide the fate of an emancipated slave facing double-homicide charges in Kennett Township. The unusual proceeding, based on an actual 1820 trial, will form the backdrop of the biennial Meet the Judges Program in Chester County, an open house of sorts for the judiciary. The presentation, to be held Sept. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m., was conceived by a committee led by U.S. District Court Judge Juan R. Sanchez, credited with turning a routinely lackluster event into a standing-room-only production in 2002.
May 9, 2004 |
It didn't take long for Overbrook High School's state-championship mock trial team to make an impression at the national competition in Orlando this weekend. After the Philadelphia school's team had finished competing against perhaps the toughest opponent it had ever faced - a Wisconsin squad that had won its regional competition 18 years in a row and its state competition 11 of the last 18 years - the judge and jury gushed. "This truly was the battle of the Titans," said Patricia Savitz, a Florida lawyer serving as a jury member.