June 11, 1987 |
A former leader of the clothing workers union in Philadelphia went on trial in federal court in Philadelphia yesterday for allegedly embezzling $18,721 in union funds to buy clothes for local officials, including Mayor Goode. Nicholas DiPiero, 61, began providing free or discounted suits and other apparel to city officials in 1981, after he became co-manager of the Philadelphia Joint Board, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, a federal prosecutor told the jury in an opening speech.
January 7, 1989 |
The prosecutor called him a "monster - a giant of a man who was known as a neighborhood bully. " And, at 6-foot-7 and 355 pounds, John Dilliplane, 25, was a menacing figure last July 4, when he got out of a car in a rage at G Street and Allegheny Avenue, said Assistant District Attorney Michael McGovern yesterday. The prosecutor said Dilliplane fatally stabbed Timothy O'Connor, 28, of Potter Street near C, then stabbed and wounded Anthony McGuire, 29, of Westmoreland Street near D. "I didn't mean to kill the man," Dilliplane told Common Pleas Judge George J. Ivins, after pleading guilty to third-degree murder and aggravated assault.
August 26, 1989 |
The South Philadelphia woman ordered the murder, so she's as guilty as the person who pulled the trigger, said the prosecutor. Assistant District Attorney Joseph LaBar said Francine Bland, 18, decided to end Thomas Stevens' life on July 31 by shouting to a 16-year-old boy to use a gun on Stevens at Woodstock Street near Dickinson. "Shoot him! Shoot him!" a witness said Bland yelled to the youth. The boy then pulled out a handgun and fired four shots at Stevens, 19, of Scott Avenue, Sharon Hill, Delaware County.
June 19, 1992 |
With the bizarre nature of the charges, a lengthy legal fight over evidence, and the district attorney's voluntary disqualification, the prosecution of former Temple University law student Myla Friedman for the 1989 shooting death of her lover has had its share of twists and turns. Now, it's taken yet another twist. The prosecutor has gotten a new job, so Carolyn P. Short - a private lawyer who once worked in the district attorney's office - has been hired by state Attorney General Ernest Preate to handle the case.
October 21, 1989 |
In the latest legal twist in the Earl Stout case, Stout has retained former federal prosecutor Elizabeth K. Ainslie as his new attorney in a pending criminal trial. The selection of Ainslie follows last week's disqualification from the case of Stout's longtime attorney, Richard A. Sprague. Ainslie will defend the former union leader from charges of stealing nearly $1 million from the city's municipal workers' union he headed for more than 13 years. Stout has pleaded not guilty.
May 29, 2015 |
Joseph J. Connolly, 73, of Gladwyne, a respected Philadelphia lawyer and former Watergate prosecutor, died Friday, May 22, of a heart ailment after pulling over his car while driving home from work. He had battled heart trouble for several years. Since 2009, Mr. Connolly had been a partner at Stevens & Lee P.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance. He also was general counsel to the companies of the PFM Group in Philadelphia. The son of James J. Connolly, a seven-term Republican congressman from Philadelphia, he was a gifted scholar-athlete who graduated from the William Penn Charter School at age 16. He went on to complete the course work at the University of Pennsylvania in three years, graduating in 1962, and earned a degree from Penn's law school in 1965.
December 11, 2012
Karel Vas, 96, a prosecutor who came to symbolize unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, has died. Czech public television reported that Mr. Vas died Saturday in a home for retirees in Prague where he had lived. Details were not available. During World War II, he moved to the Soviet Union where he began to collaborate with dictator Josef Stalin's much-feared secret police. Historians say Mr. Vas one of the state prosecutors who played a key role in show trials that used fabricated evidence to hand out death sentences to opponents of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
October 12, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's prosecutor general on Thursday defied his president's order to step down to defuse public anger over acquittals in a case of brutality against protesters during last year's uprising that topped the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Critics accused President Mohammed Morsi of exceeding his mandate. Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud was quoted by Egypt's official news agency as saying that he will remain in his post. His brief statement came just hours after Morsi ordered him to leave his position as prosecutor general and become the ambassador to the Vatican.
July 22, 1987 |
Camden County Freeholder Matthew Segal abandoned his controversial bid yesterday to become a part-time Camden City prosecutor but said he would not rule out accepting part-time legal jobs with other local governments in Camden County. "If an opportunity comes up in another place, I'm not going to preclude it," Segal said in an interview, "but I'm not actively seeking anything, and there's nothing on the horizon. . . . I'm not working on (job possibilities) in any other town. " At the same time, Segal said he would not accept a job with Camden City as long as he is a freeholder because of the perception that his support for Camden in freeholder matters would be influenced by his affiliation with the city.
January 13, 1989 |
A prosecutor yesterday called former civil rights leader and congressional candidate Stanley Branche and his co-defendant "silent partners in the drug business," who extorted a "street tax" for the mob from drug dealers. "They were not Robin Hoods. They did not want to clean up the drugs," said federal prosecutor Deborah J. Rhodes. "They wanted to make a profit from the drug dealers. " Rhodes made her comments during closing arguments yesterday in the federal extortion trial of Branche and his co-defendant, John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini, son of convicted mob captain Joseph Ciancaglini.