July 10, 2015 |
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....
July 9, 2015 |
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.
April 15, 2015 |
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.
April 11, 2015 |
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.
March 23, 2015 |
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.
December 12, 2014 |
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.
August 7, 2014 |
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.
July 30, 2014 |
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.
July 25, 2014 |
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.
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.