December 15, 2012 |
The judge overseeing the case of two teenage brothers charged with murder in the strangulation of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale on Friday rejected a bid by the news media to gain access to the pair's Juvenile Court proceedings. Superior Court Judge Colleen A. Maier announced her decision from the bench at a closed hearing attended by two lawyers representing news organizations. Officials have not released the suspects' names, but residents of Clayton, where the brothers and their alleged victim lived, have identified them as Justin Robinson, 15, and his 17-year-old brother, Dante.
December 30, 1988 |
Some people go to criminal court because they want to. To watch. A quiet courtroom at the Police Administration Building is open 24 hours a day - everyday - for preliminary arraignments, and spectators can sit on the well-worn benches and watch the proceedings. It's not always uplifting, but it can be very interesting. It provides a chance to view a human panorama and get a firsthand look at the justice system in action. It's 6:40 p.m. on a Thursday. The woman has been sitting on a bench for five hours.
August 19, 2011
Is it time for more courts to televise their proceedings, or will that lead to lawyers playing to the cameras?
July 2, 1986 |
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Constitution's Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination does not apply to civil proceedings concerning treatment, not punishment, for sex offenders. In a 5-4 decision , the court decided that an Illinois man faced with psychiatric commitment as a "sexually dangerous person" was not entitled to certain protections afforded to criminal defendants. The court rejected the appeal of Terry B. Allen, who was committed in civil - rather than criminal - proceedings to the maximum-security psychiatric ward at the Menard, Ill., State Prison, mostly on the basis of testimony from two court-appointed psychiatrists.
April 21, 1995 |
A Main Line lawyer will stay in jail until he pays $3 million cash bail or turns over $2.5 million in assets as part of divorce proceedings, despite courtroom attempts by his attorney to have him freed yesterday. H. Beatty Chadwick, 58, spent his 16th day in Delaware County Prison, jailed on a contempt charge after being arrested at a Center City dentist's office April 5 after authorities were tipped that he had an appointment there. In court yesterday, Chadwick's attorney, Matthew Taylor, told Judge Joseph T. Labrum Jr. that the judge had overstepped his authority in issuing a bench warrant for Chadwick's arrest, and in ordering him to turn over his money and passport so that he could not leave the country.
March 17, 1988 |
The unfolding judicial proceedings against former top aides to President Reagan in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal, along with Reagan's controversial decision last night to send troops to Honduras, may be doing more to change the chemistry of the 1988 race for president than any developments to date. The emerging plea bargains and indictments in the Iran-Contra scandal are giving Democrats fresh ammunition for their 1988 assault on the White House. And deeper involvement in the civil war involving the Nicaraguan Contras adds fuel to the Democrats' charges of mismanaged foreign policy.
June 29, 2002 |
Attorneys for The Inquirer and the Daily News filed an emergency appeal yesterday, asking Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices to open the secret trial proceedings of the troubled Lex Street massacre case. The newspapers want the state's highest court to order Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory E. Smith to conduct Monday's scheduled hearing in open court. If the Supreme Court declines to immediately open the proceedings, the attorneys for the newspapers have asked the justices to halt further closed hearings in the death-penalty case until the court can more fully weigh the issues at stake.
February 11, 1987
About this Municipal Court Judge Arthur S. Kafrissen. I think he should be punished more than just being censured. He should be thrown off the bench for his disgraceful conduct. But according to the judge running the proceedings, that's all that can be done to Judge Kafrissen. Well, like they say, they protect their own. Birds of a feather flock together, so they say. I could write more but it wouldn't do any good. Edward J. Zebuski Philadelphia.
October 6, 1987 |
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to consider whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court improperly barred former Common Pleas Court Judge Bernard Snyder from regaining office. The court, without comment, refused to consider Snyder's contention that the state high court acted improperly when it voted in March that he was unfit to serve on the bench, based on its finding that he had violated the Code of Judicial Conduct. When the state Supreme Court acted, Snyder had been off the court for more than a year, having been voted out of office in a 1985 retention election.
May 8, 2009
For rowing aficionados planning to partake in the 75th annual Dad Vail Regatta, president Jim Hanna wants you to know that the race is still on - with just a few minor alterations. Yesterday, practices were canceled due to a mixture of inclement weather and river conditions, leaving questions about today's proceedings. Officials decided to push the start time from 7 to 8 a.m. to accommodate the hundreds of teams and onlookers expected along Kelly Drive today. In addition, teams will race in a head-to-head format as opposed to the traditional side-by-side style that, according to Hanna, allows for a "safer way to row given the current conditions.