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January 23, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The brothers of Ellen Robb met Tuesday with the chairman of the state Board of Probation and Parole to try to block the release of their sister's husband, who killed her in a rage in 2006. After the meeting with Michael Potteiger in the agency's Harrisburg office, Art and Gary Gregory said they were optimistic that the board would reverse its decision to parole Rafael Robb, a former University of Pennsylvania expert in economic game theory, from prison Monday. The meeting came after Ellen Robb's family, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and state representatives from Montgomery County expressed surprise at learning that Rafael Robb was to be released.
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January 23, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six years after Ellen Gregory Robb was beaten to death by her husband, a dozen of her Upper Merion friends gathered to remember her Monday at a gazebo they had built in her honor. What brought them together on a gray, 30-degree morning was that Robb's husband, Rafael, is scheduled to be paroled Monday, four years short of his maximum 10-year sentence for manslaughter. The friends joined Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, members of Ellen Robb's family, and several state legislators in calling on the Board of Probation and Parole to reverse its decision to free Robb, a renowned University of Pennsylvania economist, then 56, who repeatedly attacked his wife with a metal rod Dec. 22, 2006, as she wrapped Christmas presents in their kitchen.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Six years after Ellen Gregory Robb was beaten to death by her husband, a dozen of her Upper Merion friends gathered to remember her Monday at a gazebo they had built in her honor. What brought them together on a gray, 30-degree morning was that Robb's husband, Rafael, is scheduled to be paroled Monday, four years short of his maximum 10-year sentence for manslaughter. The friends joined Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, members of Ellen Robb's family, and several state legislators in calling on the Board of Probation and Parole to reverse its decision to free Robb, a renowned University of Pennsylvania economist, then 56, who repeatedly attacked his wife with a metal rod Dec. 22, 2006, as she wrapped Christmas presents in their kitchen.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writers
The brother of a woman bludgeoned to death by her husband, former University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb, learned Friday that he would get an audience with the state parole chairman in an eleventh-hour bid to keep Robb from being released from prison. Gary Gregory, brother of Ellen Robb, slain in December 2006 in her Upper Merion home, got the call before a news conference at which state legislators and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman accused the parole board of violating state law by denying the family the right to testify.
NEWS
January 19, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelanand Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The brother of a woman bludgeoned to death by her husband, former University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb, learned Friday he will get an audience with the state parole chairman in an eleventh-hour bid to keep Robb from being released in prison. Gary Gregory, brother of Ellen Robb, slain in December 2006 in her Upper Merion home, got the call before a news conference at which state legislators and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman accused the parole board of violating state law by previously denying the family the right to testify before it. State Board of Probation and Parole spokesman Leo Dunn said it is not typical but not unheard of a board chairman to meet with a victim's family.
NEWS
January 19, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors and members of the victim's family are seeking to block the parole of a former University of Pennsylvania economics professor who in a fit of rage beat his wife to death with an exercise bar at their Upper Merion home after she apparently told him she wanted a divorce. "I was at the crime scene with the detectives," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said of the 2006 crime. "And I saw, up close and personal, what a brutal crime this was. The injuries were so severe that it had the appearance of the wife being killed by a shotgun blast.
NEWS
December 23, 2012 | Breaking News Staff
This story corrects a previous version. The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and its chairman have asked a federal court to dismiss a civil suit filed by the family of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker Jr., who was slain in the summer by a criminal out on "special probation. " Walker's family filed the suit in November, seeking damages against the board and chairman Michael Potteiger. Walker, 40, was slain during an attempted stickup Aug. 18 as he walked to a bus stop after an overnight shift in North Philadelphia.
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December 18, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was a South Philly version of the elephant in the room: the convicted mobster at the community zoning meeting. Dressed in a blue Adidas track suit and sitting near the back of the school auditorium, Philip Narducci, 50, had bulked up in the last two and a half decades in federal prison. Narducci did not speak at the Dec. 4 meeting that about 90 residents of the Girard Estate neighborhood attended. But his presence has nonetheless been felt as his sister, Susan Baldino, attempts to open a pawnshop and check-cashing business next to the family's Philip's Steaks on West Passyunk Avenue.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A STATE parole officer and two of his bosses were fired Friday for their botched supervision of Rafael Jones, a career criminal who allegedly murdered a veteran Philly cop. Authorities have said that Jones, 23, and an accomplice, Chancier McFarland, 19, stalked and gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. in North Philly on Aug. 18 during a botched robbery attempt. The question of why Jones - who failed a drug test about a week before Walker's slaying - was still on the street soon took center stage.
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