January 14, 2003
RE the letter to the editor from Brian Davies of Paoli (Jan. 9): Please be advised that Mr. Davies mistakenly identified me as the presiding judge in landlord-tenant court the day of his hearing. While I do not know which judge presided, I can tell you with certainty that it was not I. Louis J. Presenza President Judge Philadelphia Municipal Court
August 3, 2011
IN LIGHT OF RECENT articles like William Bender's July 8 front-page story ( "DA: Philly's New Pot Policy Just Makes Sense . . . and Saves Dollars" ) surrounding the creation of the Small Amount of Marijuana (SAM) program, I believe the entire initiative should not be credited to any one entity within the criminal-justice system, including the repeated, striking omission of the Philadelphia Municipal Court's involvement in the creation, operation and management of the program. District Attorney Seth Williams approached Municipal Court in early 2010 and asked the court to create a diversion program to handle these marijuana cases that he no longer wished to bring to trial.
March 3, 2010 |
This morning, a several judges and other dignitaries were scheduled to attend the formal launching of Philadelphia Veterans Court. The court - the first of its kind here - will provide qualified veterans in the criminal-justice system with a range of services, including linking them with representatives from the Veterans Administration who will determine benefits eligibility, as well as veterans' suitability for an array of VA programs dealing with...
April 18, 2014 |
William J. Brady Jr., 91, of Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge for three decades, died Monday, April 7, of kidney failure at Good Shepherd Penn Partners. Judge Brady was the son of William John Brady, also a lawyer and judge in Philadelphia. Between the judge and his father, there was a William J. Brady working in Center City for the better part of a century before the judge's health failed in December 2013, said his son, William J. III, a venture capitalist for the technology industry.
February 25, 1993 |
The year 1993 is a very special year for the Philadelphia Municipal Court, as it marks the 25th Anniversary of its existence. Out of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, which met in Harrisburg in December 1967, came the redrafting of the Judiciary Article of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The results of the convention were submitted to the voters of the Commonwealth and became effective Jan. 1, 1969. The new Judiciary Article abolished the Magistrate Courts by establishing a Municipal Court, which assumed all responsibilities of the old County Court that had not been assigned to the new Common Pleas Court.
September 9, 2005 |
The state Judicial Conduct Board is seeking the removal of a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge because of the jurist's 1984 felony conviction. Judge Deborah Shelton Griffin, who presides over misdemeanor criminal matters and minor civil cases, was elected to the bench in 2001. The Judicial Conduct Board believes the state constitution prohibits Griffin from being a judge because she committed a crime involving falsehoods, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
July 13, 1993 |
The son of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge Edward Blake drowned early Sunday morning in the bay near the Avalon house in Cape May County that he shared with friends. The body of Edward J. Blake Jr., a law clerk in Philadelphia Municipal Court and a bail commissioner with the city Police Department, was discovered face down in the water behind a row of houses on the 2800 block of Ocean Drive. Emily Matt, of Ocean Drive, said she heard the victim and others swimming in the bay about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when she went to bed. Blake was last seen about 4:45 a.m. sitting on a dock at his house, smoking a cigarette, Avalon police said.
October 7, 2006 |
Adele Eskin Greene, 90, of Sebring, Fla., a research bacteriologist who enrolled in law school at age 65 and who later worked as a Philadelphia Municipal Court mediator, died Sept. 4 of complications after a stroke. She died at her daughter Hinda's home in Sebring. She was a longtime resident of the South Jersey communities of Clayton and Washington Township before moving to Society Hill in 1982, and to Florida in 2001. Mrs. Greene was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., and earned bachelor's degrees in biology and sociology from Cedar Crest College in Allentown in 1936.
May 12, 1987
Five candidates are seeking nomination for three seats on the Philadelphia Municipal Court in the primary election May 19. Two currently are sitting there, having been appointed last year to fill unexpired terms and now are seeking full six-year terms. The Inquirer endorses Judges William A. King Jr., 61, a former federal bankruptcy judge, and Harvey W. Robbins, 43, a former Municipal Court law clerk. Both have demonstrated their willingness and ability to carry the heavy workload of the court and do so in a fair and independent manner.
July 25, 1986
Time and again, Common Pleas Court Judge Mitchell S. Lipschutz has brought dishonor to the Philadelphia bench. Now, if both a prosecutor and defense lawyer's versions of a racial slur Judge Lipschutz is alleged to have made earlier this month are correct, the judge has done it again. And if they are correct, it should be the last time. Philadelphia's judiciary is freighted with enough problems. The city cannot abide, on top of them, a judge who promises justice, but speaks like a Klansman: Prejudice should disqualify a judge; racial prejudice should disqualify him absolutely.