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July 31, 1988 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pretrial motions are expected to begin tomorrow in the case of an Upper Dublin teenager charged with shooting his father three times with a .357 Magnum. Justin Betz, 17, is charged with first-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal conspiracy and possession of an instrument of crime. Betz could be sentenced to life imprisonment if he is convicted of first- degree murder. Barry Miller, an attorney hired by Betz's maternal grandmother, Jane Milford of Oreland, said he would try to prove that the teenager was "justified in shooting his father.
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July 6, 1989 | By Harold Shelly, Special to The Inquirer
A Bucks County judge has denied two motions each for two men who were convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of a man they suspected was a homosexual. Judge Edward G. Biester Jr., last Thursday denied motions in arrest of judgment and motions for a new trial for Frank Chester and Richard Laird, who were convicted in the Dec. 15, 1987, beating death of Anthony Milano of Levittown, Bristol Township. They were tried together. Milano's car had been set afire, and police found his body during a search of a wooded area near Ashby Avenue, Bristol Township.
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April 12, 1987 | By Jim Haner, Special to The Inquirer
Amid a flurry of motions, cross-motions and counter-motions, the Upper Providence Township Council acted on several issues in the course of a raucous five-hour meeting that began Thursday night and ended early Friday morning. By a vote of 3-2, the council approved a $22,000 expenditure for the expansion of administrative offices in the township hall on Providence Road after a surprise motion from Councilman Hugh Thomson late Thursday night. The motion came one hour after the council voted, 5-0, to approve the formation of a special committee to investigate the feasibility of the township taking over the historic Rose Tree Tavern from the county for use as a municipal hall.
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May 7, 1986 | By Sandra McIntosh, Special to The Inquirer
The head of the Gloucester County public defender's office yesterday filed motions to dismiss 67 grand jury indictments because of technical flaws discovered in the county's jury-selection system. Jeffrey Wintner said the motions were being filed under a state statute that gives a defendant 30 days after entering a plea to file a motion challenging the jury-selection system. A hearing on the motion has been scheduled for Friday before Assignment Judge Samuel G. DeSimone. "We're hoping this might cause the prosecutor's office to reconsider some of the indictments and maybe not reindict some of the shakier cases," Wintner said.
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April 5, 1986 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Superior Court Judge Manuel H. Greenberg denied a series of defense motions yesterday that had sought a new trial or a judgment of acquittal for convicted murderer Robert O. Marshall. Greenberg, after a brief hearing, said there was nothing to substantiate the defense argument that the verdict in the Marshall case was contrary to the evidence and should therefore be overturned. Greenberg also denied the motions for a new trial, saying he had ruled against similar motions during the trial.
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December 7, 1990 | By Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia Traffic Court - one foot out the door of its old building but blocked from moving into new offices - is struggling to continue business as usual. If you want to fork over money for traffic citations, Traffic Court employees are there at the old building on 800 N. Broad St., ready and waiting. If you want to contest a ticket, you can still get some action. But if you don't have the money to post the collateral required for a hearing, or if you can't afford to pay your fine, the Traffic Court is definitely and completely closed.
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October 11, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Defense attorneys yesterday described the indictment against State Sen. Wayne Bryant (D., Camden) and his codefendant, R. Michael Gallagher, as "an overreaching effort" to criminalize conduct "within the bounds of state law. " In voluminous motions filed in federal court in Trenton, attorneys for both men said all the charges should be dropped. The government has several weeks to respond to the motions, and oral arguments have been scheduled for Dec. 7. Bryant's attorneys also said the charges against him were vague and "missing essential allegations," and they said prosecutors may have intimidated witnesses from talking to the defense.
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August 7, 2002 | By MaryAnne Janco and Steve Esack INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Darby Borough councilman with a felony conviction will not be forced from office - at least not yet. In a surprising move yesterday, Darby Borough officials agreed in Delaware County Court not to immediately remove Councilman Bruce Rogers from office, as was the council's rumored plan for its meeting tonight. Louis Stesis, a Delaware County assistant district attorney, told Judge Edward J. Zetusky Jr. that the borough would not vacate or fill Rogers' Third Ward seat until the posttrial motions are settled.
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November 13, 2001 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The high-tech game of cat-and-mouse that has pitted the federal government against Nicodemo S. Scarfo appears to be heading for a showdown before U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Politan in Newark. Lawyers for Scarfo, the son of jailed mob boss Nicodemo D. "Little Nicky" Scarfo, filed a new set of motions last week asking that evidence in a bookmaking case be thrown out. They contend federal authorities violated Scarfo's privacy rights while obtaining the records that are at the heart of the case.
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August 7, 1998 | by Virginia Lam, Daily News Staff Writer
Arthur Bomar is still scheduled to go to court Sept. 14, despite efforts by his lawyers to delay the trial. The lawyers said they need "money and time to retain personnel and experts to do a complete review and statistical analysis of the death penalty as applied in Delaware County. " But the motion was denied Wednesday by Delaware County Judge Frank T. Hazel. Bomar, 39, is accused of the June 1996 rape-murder of 22-year-old Aimee Willard. He allegedly followed Willard from a bar and forced her car off the Blue Route, where she was beaten, abducted and raped.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
ANDREA CONSTAND wants to talk about Bill Cosby. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia yesterday, lawyers for Constand moved to nullify a confidentiality agreement reached as part of an out-of-court settlement nine years ago. Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University basketball, had filed a civil suit against Cosby in 2004, demanding damages for a previous alleged sexual assault in the star's Cheltenham mansion....
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July 9, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SALT LAKE CITY - Monday in his professional debut, 76ers center Jahlil Okafor started slowly, making only three of his first 11 shots. Compared with how the Sixers and Boston Celtics began last night's game in the Utah Jazz Summer League, Okafor was on fire the previous game. The teams began the contest by combining to make one of the first 19 shots. They had totaled only four points midway through the first quarter. Ah, summer league. When it was mercifully over, the Sixers prevailed, 76-62.
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April 15, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted murderer Raghunandan Yandamuri, insisting he was not given a fair trial, bickered with a judge and his own attorneys in a Montgomery County courtroom Monday afternoon. He even told Judge Steven T. O'Neill that he would rather die immediately than proceed with his current attorneys. "Now, that's a little dramatic," O'Neill replied as he heard arguments on posttrial motions filed by Yandamuri's defense team requesting a new trial. The 29-year-old former software programmer was sentenced to death in November for the 2012 murders of a baby and her grandmother in King of Prussia.
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April 11, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
It happens in a flash of feathers and fur. In one second - maybe two - it's over. There's either one dead rabbit, or one hungry hawk. The battle between avian predator and prey, waged and honed over evolutionary time, has captivated Haverford College professor Suzanne Amador Kane since 2009. What tactics are at work? How can a hawk fly in hot pursuit through a forest without breaking its neck? To find out, she worked with falconers worldwide and a goshawk named Shinta in the Netherlands, affixing tiny spy cameras to backpacks and helmets worn by the birds.
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March 23, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592 uled for March 30
A FEDERAL JUDGE yesterday denied a motion to dismiss all charges against one of the six ex-narcotics cops facing a racketeering-conspiracy trial later this month. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno wrote in a memorandum that "the evidence does not support Speiser's assertion that the grand jury would not have returned an indictment against him but for testimony. " Speiser's attorney, Michael Diamondstein, in a motion to quash the indictment with respect to his client, had argued that charges should be dismissed against his client because the only alleged victim in the indictment who had named Speiser before the investigating grand jury, Cirigliano, had perjured himself.
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December 12, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CHAKA FATTAH Jr. is his own man. And, apparently, his own lawyer. The 32-year-old son of the Philadelphia congressman is scheduled to appear before a federal judge tomorrow to argue why he should be allowed to represent himself at his upcoming bank-fraud and tax-evasion trial. But Fattah is going through with the whole self-taught-lawyer thing regardless. Yesterday, he filed a Tolstoy-length assault on the government's case against him in the form of a 305-page court motion to quash the criminal indictment due to what he alleges was false grand-jury testimony and "repeated and intentional government misconduct.
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August 7, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors will continue their efforts to keep four Philadelphia narcotics officers behind bars until their trial on racketeering conspiracy charges. In motions filed Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek said he intended to appeal decisions this week to release Officers Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser on house arrest pending trial. Wzorek had argued that the men posed a danger to the community and the government witnesses who say the officers beat them and stole from them over a six-year period.
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July 30, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia prosecutor turned to no less an authority than Michael Jackson in opposing early parole for the rapper Meek Mill, saying he has yet to accept responsibility for himself and his actions. Much of Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis' legal response - filed Friday in Common Pleas Court after the rapper's plea for release from a three- to six-month sentence for violating probation - is a 13-page recitation of his problematic years on court supervision. But DeSantis also suggested that perhaps music was the best way to convince Mill - real name Robert Williams - that he has to take a "hard-earned look at himself, his talent, and his character as a man. " DeSantis then quotes from the lyrics to Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror," which includes the verse: "I'm starting with the man in the mirror; I'm asking him to change his ways.
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July 25, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for the imprisoned Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill filed a motion for parole Wednesday in their continuing effort to stop the financial damage to his concert and recording career. Since he was sent to prison on July 11, Mill - real name Robert Williams - has missed at least two concert dates and his recording company has warned that his continuing imprisonment could endanger the Sept. 9 release of his next album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The motion, filed in Common Pleas Court by attorney Dennis J. Cogan, asks for Williams' immediate release and maintains that he did not violate probation.
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July 11, 2014
SOONER or later it's going to happen - some actor in a motion-capture suit is going to deliver a performance that wins an Oscar. And when it does happen, the question will loom: Who deserves the Oscar? Is it the actor whose performance is captured on set, or is it also the animators and artists who add digital texture to the performance in postproduction? I put this to Andy Serkis, the motion-capture specialist who played Gollum in "Lord of the Rings," the title character in "King Kong" and Caesar in the "Planet of the Apes" movies, the latest winning Serkis some extraordinary and well-deserved praise.
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