September 9, 2009 |
His brother said it was "irreconcilable to me" that the Joseph L. Borkson he knew could be the physician about to be sentenced for illegally selling hundreds of narcotics prescriptions worth $600,000 to addicts for cash or sex. His lawyer described Borkson's "emotional abyss" as he struggled to maintain a Center City practice while providing 24-hour-a-day personal care to Marilyn, his wife of 28 years, bedridden and dying of diabetes. And the federal judge called him a "Jekyll-Hyde personality" in which the face of a compassionate doctor loved by patients concealed a dark side she said Borkson even now does not acknowledge.
July 31, 2014 |
A former Bucks County high school teacher who claimed she was fired for disparaging students as "frightfully dim," "utterly loathsome," and "whiny" in an online blog can't sue the district for violating her right to free speech, a federal judge has ruled. English teacher Natalie Munroe sued Central Bucks in 2012, contending her blog was protected speech because she wrote it as a private citizen. But in a Friday ruling that blocked the lawsuit from going to trial, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe wrote that the blog failed a long-standing legal test that weighs a teacher's right to free speech against the disruption the statements cause at a school.
March 18, 2000 |
Bucks County Court Judge Cynthia Rufe said yesterday the publicity surrounding Donald A. Traub's murder case had not been excessive and did not warrant moving his trial to another county. Rufe reviewed videotapes of television coverage and a sheaf of newspaper reports before denying Traub's request for a change of venue. Traub faces trial in the apparently random shooting death of Karen Lee Hordis, 42, as she loaded groceries into her car outside a supermarket last Aug. 31. "We know people who don't read newspapers," Rufe said after a two-day hearing on pretrial motions filed by Traub's public defenders.
October 9, 2010 |
He once enjoyed a high-flying lifestyle that included a bodyguard, a limo driver and other perks, but his past caught up with him yesterday. Neal D. Saferstein, 37, of Maple Shade, N.J., was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for running a telemarketing scam that authorities said bilked 350,000 small businesses of $75 million. U.S District Judge Cynthia Rufe ordered the ex-chief executive of the defunct Old City firm GoInternet.net taken into custody immediately to begin serving his sentence.
December 13, 1991 |
The fate of a controversial Falls Township plan to purchase a new municipal building now rests on a decision from Bucks County Judge William H. Rufe 3d. After hearing four days of testimony, Rufe yesterday was asked to issue an injunction against the township's agreement to pay $6.25 million to Transact Properties Corp. for the 52,000 square-foot building. The building is at Lincoln Crossing, a 12-acre parcel along Lincoln Highway and Olds Boulevard. Falls officials have "forced the people of the township to take on a white elephant that is ill-suited to their needs," lawyer Michael Sellers told Rufe in asking for an injunction.
December 18, 2013 |
A lawsuit alleging that Lundy Law L.L.P., a worker-compensation firm based in Philadelphia, violated federal antitrust restrictions by locking up advertising on SEPTA buses and KYW drive-time radio has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe. Rufe said Lundy, whose advertisements can be seen on buses throughout the region, had not breached federal antitrust laws because competitor Larry Pitt & Associates likely had other advertising options. At the same time, Rufe permitted Pitt to move forward with a claim that Lundy falsely stated in its advertisements that it handled Social Security disability claims when in fact it referred those cases to other firms.
April 20, 1999 |
A Warminster man, convicted in February of shaking his infant son to death in what prosecutors called an act of "hellacious" cruelty, was sentenced yesterday to up to 12 years in state prison by Bucks County Court Judge John J. Rufe. Charles Goldsmith Jr., 45, was given five to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter and six to 12 years for aggravated assault in the 1998 death of his 7-week-old son, Shaquille Goldsmith. The sentences are to be served concurrently. Before being sentenced, Goldsmith, a former high school basketball star, told Rufe that he did nothing to cause Shaquille's death and that he had nothing to apologize for. Shaquille's mother, Denise Law, who is engaged to marry Goldsmith, testified yesterday, as did Goldsmith's stepmother and sister, that he was incapable of harming his son and that he was a good father.
November 16, 1999 |
A 22-year-old Bristol man was sent to jail for two to four years yesterday for punching his girlfriend, knocking her to the ground, and kicking her as she held the couple's 1-year-old daughter. Bucks County Court Judge Cynthia Rufe ordered the prison term for Walter Van Doren Jr. after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on Danielle Raab as they took a walk with their daughter, Kaitlyn, in Bristol on Aug. 10. Van Doren was on probation for an earlier assault on the couple's 2-year-old son. Rufe looked at pictures of Raab's injuries and called the latest assault a "major punch-out.
July 13, 1999 |
A Philadelphia woman was sentenced to one to four years in prison yesterday after she admitted stealing more than $13,000 with counterfeit checks - including $6,300 in checks drawn on the bail-refund account maintained by the Bucks County Clerk of Courts. Lisa Direnzo, 30, might have gotten off easier, but she angered Common Pleas Court Judge Cynthia Rufe by claiming that she had cashed the checks for a friend, then refusing to identify the friend when questioned by the judge. As a consequence, Rufe said, she issued a stiffer sentence.
July 11, 2013 |
After twice balking at deals offered by federal prosecutors, West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell pleaded guilty Tuesday to trafficking in prescriptions for almost a million pills of dangerous narcotics. What he could not do was admit he committed a crime. For about 15 minutes, Gosnell verbally sparred with U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe as she tried to get him to admit he actually committed the crimes to which he was pleading guilty. "That's not what I asked you," Rufe said as the 72-year-old physician squirmed and struggled to avoid saying he did what prosecution and defense lawyers agreed he did. "This is not a nolo contendere plea," Rufe said, referring to a plea where the defendant simply does not contest the charges.