January 6, 1990 |
Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell's sudden resignation left South Jersey churning yesterday. And as the news spread, the story of his desperate, five-day escapade took on the tone of a morality tale for those who knew and worked with him. Police officials across the county swamped the prosecutor's office telephone lines with commiserating messages after Asbell's resignation was made public, according to First Assistant Prosecutor Dennis G....
September 1, 1991 |
Two law school classmates of Richard Barbour, the Burlington County assistant prosecutor killed in April at a Society Hill cash machine, have started a memorial fund in his name at the Rutgers School of Law in Camden. "After the wake, I knew we would have to do something," said Peter Cuddihy, who, along with Ruth Rifkin, has organized the effort to establish a memorial fund. "Rick was the type of person who merited that. " The award will be given out annually at the law school's commencement to a student who plans to work in a prosecutor's or district attorney's office, said Cuddihy, a lawyer in private practice who graduated with Barbour in 1989.
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.
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.
November 24, 2012
Albert Kleiner, 51, a Philadelphia native who became a prosecutor in Arizona, died Sunday, Nov. 4, of melanoma at a hospice in Tucson. For the last nine years, Mr. Kleiner was an assistant attorney general in the Tucson office of the U.S. Justice Department, where he focused on white-collar crime. "Because he was principled and a person of integrity, he was constantly looking for an occupation where he could make a difference," said his brother, Michael. "He was adept at whatever he tried.
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.