October 26, 2007 |
As at most large law firms, lawyers come and go at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Yet from 2005 until recently, big budget cuts and the loss of several veteran prosecutors had exacerbated normal attrition. Fewer prosecutors meant fewer indictments. Mostly, that meant certain economic crimes were not pursued, U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said. "You had to start to raise the thresholds on cases, raise the minimum dollar amounts" of fraud or theft before a case is brought, he said.
September 18, 1987 |
Callers for violinist Robert Portney are greeted by a crisp Boston telephone voice answering "psychiatry. " The response may be more than apt, Portney concedes with a laugh, for who else in his right mind would try to manage simultaneous careers in music and in medicine? Portney is doing just that. At Massachusetts General Hospital, he is Dr. Robert Portney, 34, chief of the emergency room and consultant in psychiatry, a Harvard University faculty member, director of an addiction unit and part of the clinic for musical medicine at Harvard.
May 14, 1991 |
Thirty-five lawyers are running for 11 vacancies and five newly created positions on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Each elected judge will serve a term of 10 years, at an annual salary of $80,000. Three candidates are sitting judges, appointed by Gov. Casey and approved by the state Senate. They are seeking their own terms, to begin Jan. 2. They are Arnold L. New, 42, Paul P. Panepinto, 41, and Allan L. Tereshko, 46. Another three - former federal prosecutor Gary S. Glazer, 41, defense attorney James Murray Lynn, 43, and estates lawyer Anne E. Lazarus, 38 - recently were appointed by Casey to fill unexpired vacancies on the court.
December 6, 2010 |
As a state Supreme Court justice desperate to find a way to build a new Family Court building in Center City, Sandra Schultz Newman hired real estate lawyer Jeffrey B. Rotwitt to make the project happen. Two years later, as Rotwitt's firm was closing in on a $3.9 million payday, Newman - by then a lawyer in private practice - tried to make sure some of the Family Court fees went to her son, a former lawyer in Rotwitt's firm. The former justice sent an e-mail to Rotwitt in March 2008 saying her son Jonathan, who introduced her to Rotwitt, should get credit for scoring the deal for the firm, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.
November 21, 2014 |
The "a-ha moment" for Gabriel Tatarian came at a party when, light-headed, he passed out. When he regained consciousness, son Gabriel T. said, Dr. Tatarian determined to get himself into shape. After the episode, "he was a pretty avid runner, from age 50 to 88," his son said. "He was running five miles a day for 15 years, to 65. " And that was despite a demanding day job. On Monday, Nov. 17, Dr. Tatarian, 91, of Moorestown, from 1961 to 1988 the co-chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Rancocas Valley division of the former Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
November 13, 2010 |
Morton Krase was a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge and ardent Phillies fan. So after his funeral Sunday, Nov. 14, his family expects to sit shiva, not at home, as do many Jewish families. The Krase family was planning to be at the Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia, sitting shiva from 2 to 6 p.m. "He loved baseball," his daughter-in-law Christie Krase said. A season-ticket holder, he went to the ballpark for about 30 games each year. Judge Krase, 76, of Center City, died Thursday, Nov. 11, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from multiple myeloma.
January 25, 2014 |
A pediatric psychiatrist in Doylestown was arrested Thursday and charged with inappropriately touching three female patients during treatments, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. Basem Shlewiet, 42, who has a private practice on North Franklin Street, allegedly fondled the breasts of two patients - ages 22 and 14 - while purporting to use a stethoscope, according to a criminal complaint. He touched a 17-year-old around the groin, the complaint said. All three incidents occurred in 2013, according to the complaint.
June 17, 1990 |
John C. Alden, 47, who served from 1979 to 1982 as a state representative from the 167th Legislative District in Delaware County, died of cancer on June 6 at his home in San Diego. Mr. Alden was born in Darby and lived in Wayne and Radnor for more than 30 years. He attended St. Katharine of Siena Elementary School and High School in Wayne, graduated from Villanova University in 1965 and received his law degree from Villanova in 1969. He opened a law office on North Wayne Avenue in Wayne in 1970 and later moved to Louella Court, also in Wayne.
December 30, 2013 |
Donald Edwin Funk, 91, of Willow Grove, a lawyer and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 24, at home. Funk, who practiced law for more than 60 years, graduated from Temple Law School in 1951 and started a private practice specializing in wills, trusts, and estate administration in the late 1950s. He practiced on South Broad Street and in Montgomery County. He retired in 2012. Mr. Funk was born on a farm in Elk Creek, Va., and raised in Altoona, Pa. He was valedictorian of the Class of 1940 at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia.
October 16, 1987
Pennsylvania voters will elect two judges to 10-year terms on Commonwealth Court this November. The Inquirer urges the election of Republican Robert L. Byer and Democrat Doris A. Smith. Mr. Byer, 35, a lawyer in private practice in Pittsburgh, was the only one of the four candidates to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Association's highest rating of "exceptionally well qualified. " He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, did graduate study in English literature at Oxford University and then received a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.