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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 2, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Michael Gira has been making gorgeously abrasive music as Swans on and off since 1982, when he was part of New York City's No Wave scene. The brooding singer/composer took a long Swans hiatus after 1996's cinematic Soundtracks for the Blind to start the shimmering, acoustic Angels of Light ensemble. He then shuttered Light and combined the dark Swans' and more sun-dappled Angels' sounds for 2010's My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky and the rebirth of Swans 2.0. Now it's time for another change.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The morning that 3-year-old Brendan Creato was reported missing in Haddon Township, sparking a massive search by residents and authorities, a K-9 dog tracked his scent using one of Brendan's Mickey Mouse slippers. The police dog led investigators down Cooper Street, into woods near South Park Drive, down a dirt path, to a creek where Brendan's body was partially submerged. Brendan was wearing pajamas and socks, and the socks were clean. The site was three-quarters of a mile from his father's apartment, where he was last said to have been seen.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's legal team dropped a bid to secretly pursue a legal motion on her behalf Wednesday, after a Philadelphia judge accused one of her lawyers of grossly distorting the judge's words. As a result, Kane's lawyers now plan to file in open court her argument that political enemies have made her a victim of "vindictive and selective" prosecution. In a previous filing, Ross Kramer, a member of Kane's legal team, said the judge, Diana Anhalt, had warned that she might hold Kane and her lawyers in contempt if they filed a public defense motion alleging that Kane was a victim of selective prosecution.
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April 17, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The festivalization of the arts has long been one way for audiences to see artistic works from other places. And whether it's a dance or theater company, if spectacle is a hallmark, you can bet Los Angeles-based Diavolo will be at the top of the list of festival programmers around the world. Thursday evening at the Merriam Theater, as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), they performed a show titled Architecture in Motion , comprising two gigantic works, L'Espace du Temps and Cubicle . They were to have had a two-night run but were cut down to one, which may have accounted for the excited overflow audience.
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The day his 3-year-old son's body was found in Haddon Township woods, the boy's head face-down in a shallow creek, his pajama-clad body slumped over a rock, David "D.J. " Creato Jr. spoke with detectives. "I want to know what happened to my son," Creato, who had called 911 on Oct. 13 to report Brendan missing, told a detective, according to a transcript of the interview included a court record. "I want to see my family. " "I know you do," Haddon Township Police Detective Don Quinn said.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The attorney for David "D.J. " Creato Jr., the Haddon Township father charged with killing his 3-year-old son, Brendan, filed motions in court Thursday to prevent prosecutors from using Creato's statement to investigators as evidence, and to have the indictment against his client dismissed. The motions suggest Creato, 22, who was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder and endangering the welfare of a child, was not read his rights or told he was a suspect when he willingly spoke to investigators in the days after Brendan's body was found.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia judge Tuesday agreed to hear a resentencing motion in the case of Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman jailed for her participation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014. Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington set a 9 a.m. hearing on March 14 "to consider the merits" of a motion filed by defense attorney William J. Brennan. The motion asks Covington to reconsider the five-to-10-month jail sentence she handed down to Knott last month. The proceeding is not a resentencing hearing, but one in which the judge will consider the merits of the defense's request.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2016 | By Steven Rea, MOVIE CRITIC
NOTE: A version of this review appeared in the Oct. 22, 2015, issue of The Inquirer, when "Anomalisa" premiered as the opening-night selection of the Philadelphia Film Festival. The singular and stunning Anomalisa - brainchild of Charlie Kaufman, in cahoots with animation director Duke Johnson - begins with a pitch-dark screen and a cacophony of voices: aural detritus, everyday yak. Then, a sun-burnished cloudscape appears, a jet slices through the cumulus, we're inside the plane, and the passengers are all . . . puppets.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I'm delighted to hear that Mother Teresa is going to be made a saint. But I'm also surprised. That she wasn't already. I mean, what does it take? Before I begin, please understand that I'm not criticizing the Catholic Church. This is a humor column, and I'm Catholic myself. Of course, it goes without saying that Mother Teresa is incredibly inspiring, but looked at another way, there's nobody like Mother Teresa to make you feel inadequate, especially in the holiday season.
NEWS
December 13, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge on Friday denied an emergency motion to vacate the guilty verdict of Griffin Campbell - the demolition contractor in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse - for what Campbell's lawyer argued was "selective racial prosecution. " Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson rejected defense lawyer William D. Hobson's motion on procedural grounds: Court rules require that such a motion be made before trial, not after the verdict. Bronson said he would permit Hobson to try to prove his allegation at a hearing after the 51-year-old North Philadelphia contractor is sentenced Jan. 8. Hobson filed his "motion for extraordinary relief" Thursday, contending that the county grand jury investigation that led to charges against Campbell and excavator operator Sean Benschop was supervised by Assistant District Attorney Frank Fina.
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