May 9, 2001 |
This city is a mean and perilous place when you view it from the district attorney's office. It's a place where career criminals perpetrate unspeakable crimes against unsuspecting victims. It's a place where lenient judges with no regard for these victims routinely return repeat offenders to their old hunting grounds, unrepentant and unpunished. And, from a prosecutor's perspective, the only thing that makes it barely habitable is the prosecutor's heroic efforts. Problem is, a prosecutor who gets caught up in that kind of bunker mentality can end up running roughshod over people's rights.
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.
June 3, 2011 |
In what he called an increased emphasis on government-corruption cases, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday the hiring of the lead state prosecutor in the "Bonusgate" scandal, which brought down more than 20 people including six Pennsylvania legislators. Patrick Blessington, 52, until Wednesday a senior deputy attorney general, was introduced by Williams as his chief of special investigations. "There is no question that Mr. Blessington has the abilities, the temperament, and the accomplishments to serve as our chief corruption prosecutor," Williams said.
September 17, 1992 |
A new judge and prosecutor are scheduled to begin work when Oaklyn Borough Municipal Court convenes at 9 a.m. today. Judge Daniel A. Bernardin, 36, of Collingswood, is to be on the bench and John DeFalco, of Haddonfield, is to be at the prosecutor's table. Bernardin previously served as the borough's prosecutor for five years. He replaces Judge Charles Rand, who was elevated to Camden County Superior Court on Aug. 28. Rand had been a municipal judge in Oaklyn for six years.