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December 15, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1988 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 19, 2011
Is it time for more courts to televise their proceedings, or will that lead to lawyers playing to the cameras?
NEWS
July 2, 1986 | By FRANK JACKMAN, New York Daily News
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.
NEWS
April 21, 1995 | By Angela Paik, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
March 17, 1988 | By REGINALD STUART, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 29, 2002 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 6, 1987 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
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NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawsuit challenging the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's use of state civil-forfeiture laws will proceed in federal court after a judge rejected calls from city lawyers to throw it out. In an opinion released Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno dismissed the city's arguments, including that it had recently made reforms to one of the most debated parts of the controversial program - the use of "seize and seal" orders to take...
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia have nearly doubled their use of the sparingly used prosecutorial discretion to close deportation cases this year, a new study shows. The trend, which grants relief from deportation to a larger pool of undocumented immigrants, won praise from some local immigration lawyers, and concern that it could end abruptly if President Obama's executive actions on immigration are nullified in the hotly contested federal court challenge playing out in Texas.
SPORTS
March 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The look was remarkably familiar. Cliff Lee sat in front of his locker stall yesterday afternoon while his teammates took on the Detroit Tigers outside the clubhouse doors. He was in uniform, but in no position to help out. He spoke with an uncertain voice, looked ahead with eyes unsure of what the future held for him in the game he's played, in one way or another, for 3 decades. "It's not a good sign, obviously," Lee said of the same injury that limited him to 13 starts in 2014 returning before he even could begin 2015.
SPORTS
March 5, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
AFTER TWO preseason training stints in Florida, the Union is back in town and preparing for Saturday's season opener against the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park (4 p.m., 6ABC). There's just one small problem: The game might not happen. Major League Soccer and the players union are locked in contentious negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement. With the first game leaguewide of 2015 set for Friday night - Chicago at Los Angeles (10 p.m., UniMás) - time is running out to get a deal done.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A multiyear legal battle over development of a 210-acre parcel in Newtown Square, Delaware County, concluded this week as the state Supreme Court ruled that the ambitious project can move forward. BPG Development received approval from Newtown Township in 2008 for Ellis Preserve Town Square - 465,000 square feet of retail space, offices, housing, a hotel, and a community park at Routes 3 and 252. But Claude de Botton, another local property owner and developer, filed suit against BPG Development and the township, claiming plans were not specific enough and were out of step with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Monday to a lawsuit by victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against the government of Saudi Arabia, alleging it indirectly financed al-Qaeda in the years before the hijackings. The justices declined to hear an appeal by the Saudi government of a lower-court ruling that the lawsuit could go forward. The high court also declined to hear a separate appeal by 9/11 victims of a lower-court decision preventing them from suing dozens of banks and individuals that allegedly provided financial assistance to the hijackers.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Disciplinary proceedings have begun against four educators charged in the probe of cheating on standardized tests at Cayuga Elementary. Evelyn Cortez, Rita Wyszynski, Jennifer Hughes, and Ary Sloane were summoned Tuesday to Philadelphia School District headquarters. They face criminal charges of felony conspiracy, tampering with public records, forgery, and related crimes. The district could move to fire the four, who are scheduled to appear in court this month. "Conferences were held this morning and decisions regarding disciplinary outcomes will be made as soon as possible," said spokeswoman Raven Hill.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA In 2012, Democrat Jose "J.P. " Miranda won 95 percent of the vote in an election that landed him a seat in the state House. Little more than a year later, he was arrested, along with his sister, on corruption charges. On Friday, in a marathon preliminary hearing that pitted the siblings against several former legislative assistants, Miranda's fall from grace continued. Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter ruled that the case against Miranda and Michelle Wilson should proceed to trial.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Rest did not heal the soreness in Jonathan Pettibone's right shoulder, so now the Phillies will inject him with cortisone. Pettibone will not throw for five days after the injection and the team hopes its 23-year-old starter can resume a normal program Saturday. There could be a larger problem if the soreness persists. "I know that he was feeling better over the offseason," manager Ryne Sandberg said, "so we'll have to wait and see on that. " Pettibone is important to the Phillies, who are not blessed with a deep stockpile of starting pitching.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside Courtroom II at Camp Justice on the sprawling Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, eight visitors filed into a glass-protected gallery. It was a little after 9 a.m. on Oct. 22, before the start of a hearing for five men accused of plotting attacks in the United States. Jim Jenca, a 52-year-old married father of two from Levittown, took a seat in the front row. A big ex-Marine with a florid, round face, he couldn't sit still. Restless, he stood up. He put his face close to the glass partition.
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