July 31, 1986 |
The trial of Wilfredo Santiago, charged with the killing last year of Philadelphia police Officer Thomas J. Trench, was interrupted yesterday as the defense was about to begin its case because the prosecutor was ill. Assistant District Attorney Barbara Christie, who rested the prosecution's case Tuesday, informed Common Pleas Court Judge Charles L. Durham yesterday morning that she was too ill to appear for trial. When the jury of eight women and four men was summoned to the courtroom, Durham did not disclose that Christie was ill and instead said that "pressing court business" was the reason trial proceedings were canceled yesterday.
July 27, 1990 |
The question posed by the lurid murder at the knowing heart of Presumed Innocent is not really who did it, or even why was it done. Rather, it is whether the abstract concept of justice can have any real meaning when those who dispense it and those who face it are so often equally flawed and fallible men and women. There is, of course, no question that the audience for Alan J. Pakula's riveting version of Scott Turow's pliant novel will be neatly divided into two camps. Readers of the novel will know whether Rusty Sabich is innocent or guilty in the death of fellow prosecutor Caroline Polhemus.
January 4, 2007 |
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson was charged yesterday in Phoenix with drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and the prosecutor said he wants to send him to prison. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said he will try to jail Tyson because of his criminal background. "He has run out of second chances, at least in my book," Thomas said. Tyson was charged with two felonies for drug possession and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs.
October 12, 1989 |
A prosecutor suggested this week that former Abington tax collector Barbara McGarry began improperly spending her tax-collection funds by 1981, three years before a criminal complaint alleges that she stole or tried to steal $102,000 in tax money. In a preliminary hearing on Tuesday before Royersford District Justice Walter F. Gadzicki Jr., the prosecutor produced checks or photocopies of checks showing that McGarry used tax accounts in 1981 to write checks to herself or firms conducting business with her office.
April 23, 1986 |
George Hill could have gotten 30 years for heroin trafficking, but instead he got three years' probation and congratulations from federal authorities for helping to crack a New Jersey murder case. "He placed his life on the line in solving a heinous crime, an execution-style murder," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Welsh Jr. "Without him, there would have been no solution to this murder. " The murder was that of Edward Atwood, 36, who was shot to death in the doorway of his Willingboro, N.J., home on Aug. 12, 1984.
March 29, 2000 |
Since the attorney general's job became an elected position in Pennsylvania two decades ago, Democrats often have had difficulty fielding a prosecutor as a candidate. Not this year. The two men slugging it out to face incumbent Republican Mike Fisher in November have both seen a courtroom from the prosecutor's seat. Jim Eisenhower was a U.S. attorney for seven years in Philadelphia, and John Morganelli is the district attorney in Northampton County. Their fight for the Democratic nomination will be decided in Tuesday's primary election.
May 29, 1988 |
Bucks County District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein did not know why the 26- year-old free-lance commercial artist had been killed, he just knew how. A blade had been used to slice, deep and wide, into Anthony Milano's left cheek. Gashes were above his left eyebrow and on the right side of his face. A gaping hole had been carved between his chin and chest. His spinal cord had been slashed. He nearly had been decapitated. "The brutality of the crime is what caused me to prosecute it," Rubenstein said.
September 1, 2014 |
A special prosecutor is investigating whether the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked confidential grand jury material to a newspaper in a bid to strike back at former prosecutors in the office who had been critical of her, according to several people familiar with the matter. The special prosecutor has issued several subpoenas to Kane's office and others to explore how secret records became public this year about a 2009 investigation by the Attorney General's Office involving Philadelphia political activist J. Whyatt Mondesire, the sources said.
December 4, 2014 |
Eugene V. Alessandroni II, 77, of Chestnut Hill, a career prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, of cardiac arrest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Alessandroni, known as "Gene," was the son of Walter E. and Ethel Alessandroni. His father, then state attorney general, had received the Republican Party's endorsement for lieutenant governor. He, his wife, and two others were headed to a campaign appearance on May 8, 1966, when their twin-engine plane crashed near Somerset, leaving no survivors.
December 9, 2011 |
Just six months ago, he left his high-profile job as Philadelphia's first assistant district attorney because of rumored differences with D.A. Seth Williams. But on Wednesday, Joseph E. McGettigan returned to the spotlight - in State College, as a state deputy attorney general and the newest member of the prosecution team pursuing Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach and accused pedophile. Those who know McGettigan say it's not surprising the peripatetic prosecutor should wind up far from Philadelphia, in the midst of the next "trial of the century.