May 20, 2016
A 61-year-old Montgomery County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to failing to pay more than $200,000 in income taxes based on his work for a Philadelphia law firm, prosecutors said. Francis J. Bass was a former intake coordinator for Lundy Law, one of the city's most prolific personal-injury firms. Bass referred personal-injury clients to medical providers and private investigators, who in turn paid him approximately $500 for each referral, prosecutors said. Bass failed to report a majority of the income he made from those referrals from 2009 through 2013, prosecutors said.
February 5, 1989 |
For the first time in its 100-year history, the Delaware County Bar Association has honored a law firm - Richard, DiSanti, Hamilton & Gallagher of Media - with its Paul R. Sand President's Award. The award is given annually "in grateful appreciation for . . . contributions to the county legal profession. " Awards have gone previously to individuals, mostly lawyers and judges. "It came to us as a total surprise," said Howard Richard, senior partner of the firm. Delaware County Bar Association officials were not available for comment.
June 11, 2014 |
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Monday in the Jan. 5 hit-and-run death of a 69-year-old Delaware County man who was walking his dog. Ernest Marks, 58, of the 5800 block of Felton Street, who had a history of driver's-license suspensions and drug abuse, will be sentenced Aug. 8 before County Court Judge George Pagano. Marks surrendered to police three days after the accident, in which Richard Patterson of Upper Darby and his dog, Baby, were killed. Marks told police he was unaware he had hit a person as he drove home along Providence Road in Upper Darby.
June 16, 2013 |
A Cherry Hill lawyer suspended from practice was sentenced Friday to time served - five months - and ordered to pay restitution of $1.2 million in funds he misappropriated from clients of his law firm. Michael W. Kwasnik, 44, of Philadelphia, also was sentenced to five months' probation by Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in connection with two counts of money-laundering, to which he pleaded guilty in January, according a spokesman for state acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.
December 9, 2015 |
Gov. Christie has nominated Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, a Democrat who ran for a congressional seat last year, for a Superior Court judgeship. Belgard, a trial lawyer for 14 years, served a three-year term on the Freeholder Board and last month lost her bid for reelection in a close race. Last year she ran to represent South Jersey's Third District, a seat that opened up when Republican Jon Runyan retired. Republican Tom MacArthur, a former mayor of Randolph, Morris County, won the seat.
December 2, 1994 |
My attorney likes to tell me about a joke he once heard. It seems there was a small town which had only one lawyer. Because there were not that many people living in the town and because they seemed to get along well with each other, the sole lawyer barely had enough work to earn a living. Then one day, for some reason, another lawyer moved into the town. Suddenly there was so much work that both lawyers became wealthy. How could this happen? The part of our legal system that is used to resolve disagreements was established by lawyers, is perpetuated by lawyers and is designed (it appears)
July 19, 2012 |
Daniel L. Thistle, 67, of Washington Square, a trial lawyer, died Friday, July 13, of bladder cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. After graduating from Villanova University Law School in 1970, Mr. Thistle joined the law firm headed by James Beasley, a prominent litigator. He was a partner in the Beasley Law Firm when he left in 1995 to establish the Thistle Law Firm. The Center City firm includes Mr. Thistle's son, Daniel Jr., and nephew Thomas, and represents plaintiffs in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, drug liability, general negligence, and automobile accidents.
March 29, 2012 |
G LEN McDANIEL, the Philadelphia tow-truck driver accused of using his truck to murder a rival driver in September 2010, caught one break Wednesday: He was found not guilty of causing an accident involving death or personal injury. But that was only because Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart said that what McDaniel had done to Ray Santiago was no accident. Minehart then sentenced McDaniel, 27, to life in state prison without parole after finding him guilty of first-degree murder for repeatedly running over Santiago with his truck.
April 17, 2013 |
BILAH TAYLOR, 22, said he had a rough day three years ago this month: The northbound SEPTA C bus he was riding grazed an abandoned newsstand just north of Susquehanna Avenue. The bus lost a mirror. Taylor said he lost much more - so much more, that he filed an insurance claim against the company to cover his medical bills. There's just one problem: He apparently wasn't on the bus. Taylor, of Glenmore Avenue near 54th Street, Southwest Philadelphia, is one of 10 people who District Attorney Seth Williams announced Monday will be charged with insurance fraud and related crimes after the minor accident April 5, 2010 - four of whom Williams says surveillance video shows were not even on the bus. "I grew up in Philadelphia, and the old joke . . . always was that if a bus has an accident on 60th Street, people on 52nd Street fall down," Williams said.
April 6, 2016
A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged in a car crash in Hatfield on Friday that left an 80-year-old woman dead. Officials said Jacquill Maurice Johnson, 22, was speeding, ran a red light and then fled the scene on foot after hitting the victim's car at the intersection of Forty Foot Road and Welsh Road. The victim, Shirley Russell, was pronounced dead at the scene after her car was toppled by the impact of Johnson's vehicle, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said.