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October 27, 1999 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just weeks after declaring his candidacy for a Chester County Court judgeship, West Chester attorney Samuel Stretton is fretting about money. Stretton, a Democrat, is running against Republican William Mahon. He entered the race at the last minute after Carol Haltrecht, a Republican who won the Democratic primary, dropped out just before the Sept. 16 deadline. This is the second time he has sought a seat on the local bench. "I would like to run a campaign based on the qualities you look for in a judge - background and experience," Stretton said.
NEWS
January 13, 1997 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
"Aggrieved citizen" Samuel Stretton, a West Chester lawyer, said all he wanted was a fair discussion of the merits of Chester County's record 29 percent real estate tax increase to finance the 1997 budget. But County Court Judge Howard Riley ruled Friday that Stretton's arguments did not wash and that he had waited until it was too late to intervene in the case, which resulted in raising county real estate taxes beyond the legal limit. Stretton, who filed his petition to intervene on Dec. 27, a week after the commissioners adopted the final budget, argued that the county did not show due cause or evidence to justify the increase.
NEWS
November 5, 1995 | By Jennifer Wing, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Throughout this political season, Samuel Stretton, the Democratic contender for Chester County district attorney, has waged a mosquitolike campaign against his Republican opponent, Anthony Sarcione. For months, he has kept the buzz going, attacking Sarcione on any spot that seemed vulnerable - needling him to debate, and nipping at his record and his relationship with former Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr., who pleaded guilty in June to accepting political donations from operators of illegal video-poker gambling machines.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
The effort to save the historic Church of the Assumption at 1133 Spring Garden St. is not over, said Samuel Stretton, lawyer for the neighborhood group trying to prevent the demolition of the building where St. Katharine Drexel was baptized. Stretton, who is representing the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, said the city should not have granted a demolition permit to Jonathan Wei, who bought the building in July. Siloam, the social service agency that had owned the building, had received a demolition permit, but Stretton was appealing that decision before Commonwealth Court.
NEWS
February 24, 2013
The historic Church of the Assumption at 12th and Spring Garden Streets lived to see another day Friday after the city's Licenses and Inspections Review Board issued a stay of the demolition permit for the property. The board upheld the permit but put a stay on it until owner Jonathan Wei, who says he has to knock it down because it is unsafe, and neighbors, who want to preserve the building and its twin spires, get a court ruling on their dispute. Samuel Stretton, a lawyer for the neighbors, said he was hopeful a buyer for the church, which was the site of St. Katharine Drexel's baptism, would emerge.
NEWS
May 22, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
A 47-year-old ex-convict was sentenced yesterday to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison for pushing and threatening to kill his former lawyer in Center City. Leonard Chaplin, of Montrose Street near 12th, whose crime history includes a 1974 murder conviction, was jailed by Muncipal Judge Mario F. Driggs. Assistant District Attorney Marilyn Davidson said Chaplin attacked attorney Samuel Stretton at Juniper and Walnut streets on Sept. 23, 1985. Stretton had represented Chaplin in an appeal of a contempt-of-court conviction.
NEWS
July 14, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
The judge's sentence came down hard on Tanya Dacri and her husband, Phillip. Both broke into tears yesterday when Common Pleas Judge Michael Stiles told Tanya Dacri he felt it was her intention to let 7-week-old Zacharry drown when she placed him face down in a bathtub of warm water in the couple's Northeast Philadelphia apartment on Jan. 7. Stiles, saying he was "convinced beyond a reasonable doubt" that she had intended to kill the infant,...
NEWS
August 9, 1987 | By Shelly Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
A public statement of apology for a June 10 incident at Borough Hall has been issued to West Chester Councilman Steven K. Handzel by former council President Anthony Polito through Polito's attorney, Samuel Stretton. Handzel withdrew a summary harassment complaint against Polito after receiving the apology. In the private criminal complaint, Handzel had said that Polito approached him twice on June 10 in the parking lot of the Borough Hall and threatened to assault him to avenge Polito's defeat in the May Republican primary.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2008 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia residents unhappy with the proposed expansion of Fox Chase Cancer Center into a neighboring park won a legal skirmish yesterday. An Orphans Court judge awarded them legal standing in the case. The center and the city had wanted to limit them to "friend of the court" status. That is the difference between being able to state your case in court and having the power to appeal, lawyers said. "I'm a full player as opposed to someone who sits on the sidelines," said Samuel Stretton, the lawyer who represents about 10 people who oppose Fox Chase's plans.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SAMUEL STRETTON, the attorney for a neighborhood group fighting to save a landmark North Philadelphia church, plans to challenge a demolition permit that the city issued last month to the owners. "I don't know how they got it," Stretton said Monday of the new owners of Church of the Assumption. "The case is pending. It's before the Commonwealth Court. " City records show that a demolition permit was issued Nov. 21 and updated Nov. 29 with a notation: "Demolition activity shall not commence prior to Dec. 11, 2012.
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May 23, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JUDGE in Philadelphia has excoriated and sanctioned a lawyer who filed a lawsuit against R&B star Usher, calling the lawyer's conduct "flagrantly unprofessional and offensive. " U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond, in a Wednesday memorandum, said Media-based lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy used "sexist, abusive remarks" and showed "outrageous" behavior during discovery proceedings. For example, in one deposition, Malofiy told a male defense lawyer, "Don't be a girl about this.
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February 24, 2013
The historic Church of the Assumption at 12th and Spring Garden Streets lived to see another day Friday after the city's Licenses and Inspections Review Board issued a stay of the demolition permit for the property. The board upheld the permit but put a stay on it until owner Jonathan Wei, who says he has to knock it down because it is unsafe, and neighbors, who want to preserve the building and its twin spires, get a court ruling on their dispute. Samuel Stretton, a lawyer for the neighbors, said he was hopeful a buyer for the church, which was the site of St. Katharine Drexel's baptism, would emerge.
NEWS
January 12, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was no water at the well of the Philadelphia Historical Commission for those trying to stop the demolition of the historic, double-spired Church of the Assumption on Spring Garden Street. On Friday, the commission went into executive session and issued an opinion that the demolition permit approved for the previous owner, the nonprofit Siloam, remains valid for the new owners, developers John Wei and Mika He. The Patrick Keeley-designed, 1849 brownstone-and-copper church, where St. Katharine Drexel was baptized, seemed closer than ever to the wrecking ball.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Inga Saffron, INQUIRER ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
As hopes dwindle for the Church of the Assumption, preservationists are frantically pursuing legal measures aimed at preventing a developer from starting demolition work Tuesday at the historic site linked to two of Philadelphia's Catholic saints. The lawyer for the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, Samuel Stretton, said Monday he had made an emergency plea to a city building agency asking it to freeze the demolition permit. That agency, the Licenses and Inspections Review Board, is expected to consider his request Tuesday - the same day John Wei's demolition permit becomes effective.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Inga Saffron, INQUIRER ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
As hopes dwindle for the Church of the Assumption, preservationists are frantically pursuing legal measures aimed at preventing a developer from starting demolition work Tuesday at the historic site linked to two of Philadelphia's Catholic saints. The lawyer for the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, Samuel Stretton, said Monday he had made an emergency plea to a city building agency asking it to freeze the demolition permit. That agency, the Licenses and Inspections Review Board, is expected to consider his request Tuesday - the same day John Wei's demolition permit becomes effective.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
The effort to save the historic Church of the Assumption at 1133 Spring Garden St. is not over, said Samuel Stretton, lawyer for the neighborhood group trying to prevent the demolition of the building where St. Katharine Drexel was baptized. Stretton, who is representing the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, said the city should not have granted a demolition permit to Jonathan Wei, who bought the building in July. Siloam, the social service agency that had owned the building, had received a demolition permit, but Stretton was appealing that decision before Commonwealth Court.
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December 5, 2012 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SAMUEL STRETTON, the attorney for a neighborhood group fighting to save a landmark North Philadelphia church, plans to challenge a demolition permit that the city issued last month to the owners. "I don't know how they got it," Stretton said Monday of the new owners of Church of the Assumption. "The case is pending. It's before the Commonwealth Court. " City records show that a demolition permit was issued Nov. 21 and updated Nov. 29 with a notation: "Demolition activity shall not commence prior to Dec. 11, 2012.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2008 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia residents unhappy with the proposed expansion of Fox Chase Cancer Center into a neighboring park won a legal skirmish yesterday. An Orphans Court judge awarded them legal standing in the case. The center and the city had wanted to limit them to "friend of the court" status. That is the difference between being able to state your case in court and having the power to appeal, lawyers said. "I'm a full player as opposed to someone who sits on the sidelines," said Samuel Stretton, the lawyer who represents about 10 people who oppose Fox Chase's plans.
NEWS
March 18, 2007 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph Ramos is learning how tough on crime Bucks County can be. Last Labor Day weekend, he and a buddy entered a neighborhood friend's unlocked townhouse when no one was there. Trading cards, a video game, a game controller, and $340 in cash were reported missing by the homeowner. A month later, Ramos was charged with first-degree felony burglary. The Plumstead Township resident admits trespassing but denies taking anything. He faces an April 3 court date. It might be just another incident buried in the local police blotter.
NEWS
September 24, 2004 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The lawyer representing Ralph Nader in his efforts to stay on Pennsylvania's election ballot abruptly asked to quit yesterday, days before a marathon set of 10 hearings in 10 separate venues scheduled for Monday. In a petition to Commonwealth Court, Samuel C. Stretton said Nader's campaign did not have enough money to continue to pay him for his work. Stretton said there were disagreements of strategy in addition to finances. He declined to elaborate. The resignation came the same day Commonwealth Court President Judge James Gardner Colins issued a harsh opinion dismissing Stretton's claim that the court's accelerated hearing schedule was unconstitutional.
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