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August 27, 1988 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia defendants who believe they have been denied their right to speedy trials lost another round in Common Pleas Court yesterday. Judge Gene D. Cohen refused to overturn an order preventing Philadelphia judges from deciding speedy-trial complaints until further notice. Cohen said in his ruling that although the order implemented a Supreme Court justice's letter that is not in the formal court record, there was "not enough evidence to overcome the assumption" that the letter was a valid directive from the high court.
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June 18, 1988 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court has been asked to order Philadelphia judges to begin ruling on defendants' claims that they were denied their right to a speedy trial. In a petition filed Wednesday and made public yesterday, the Defender Association of Philadelphia contends that an order suspending rulings on such claims, issued May 27 by Common Pleas Court Judge Edward J. Blake, administrative judge of the Philadelphia trial division, is "arbitrary and capricious. " The petition also contends that Blake's order "violates firmly entrenched due-process and equal-protection rights" under the state and federal Constitutions.
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August 3, 1988 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two state Supreme Court justices have said they were unaware that Philadelphia judges were ordered May 27 not to rule on petitions contending that criminal suspects' rights to a speedy trial have been violated. Justice Nicholas P. Papadakos, in a letter to the chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Justice John P. Flaherty, in an interview yesterday, said they knew nothing about a memorandum from Common Pleas Court Judge Edward J. Blake, administrative judge for the trial division, suspending all rulings on speedy-trial petitions pending further order from the Supreme Court.
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August 31, 1988 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former police officer and two other men charged with attacking two men in Center City because they believed the two were gay have asked that the assault charges be thrown out because their speedy-trial rights have been violated. Thomas Duffy, the former officer, and brothers Joseph Lemly of the 3000 block of Teesdale Street and James Lemly of the 4200 block of Marple Street are charged with aggravated and simple assault, criminal conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person in connection with a May 1987 attack on Carl Vetter of Norristown.
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September 21, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Time waits for no one, says the old saw, and it didn't wait for the robbery victims who could have testified against the man accused of robbing them. Haibe Vann, 19, had wanted a jury trial for his robbery case, but his lawyer, Michael G. Floyd, noticed that the victims had not shown up for the start of the trial Friday. He urged his client to forget about a jury and go before the judge. "We don't want to take any chances that they will walk in during the trial," Floyd told Vann.
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March 20, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It took 31 years to bring Jesse Stroman to trial for murder, and less than two minutes for the case to be dropped yesterday. Assistant District Attorney Joseph LaBar told Common Pleas Judge Michael R. Stiles that because of "the unusual nature" of the case, the prosecution has decided not to try the 76-year-old partially blind man for the Jan. 10, 1961, fatal shooting of Charles Young. Stiles called the DA's decision "appropriate and reasonable. " Defense lawyer Peter F. Rogers was prepared to ask Stiles to dismiss the case because Stroman's right to a speedy trial had been violated.
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April 3, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON - A Pennsylvania man has been cleared of drunk-driving charges in New Jersey because a municipal court in Camden County did not give him a speedy trial. The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a lower court was right to drop the charge against Michael Cahill. In 2007, Cahill swerved to avoid a blocked traffic lane and hit a Pennsauken police car, injuring an officer. He later pleaded guilty to assault by auto and served a year of probation. But a drunk-driving charge was referred to the municipal court, which took 16 months to set a trial date.
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July 26, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - With less than two weeks to vote on a measure that could lead to pretrial detention without bail, New Jersey lawmakers remain divided over how to address the right to a speedy trial. The schism could upend the criminal-justice reform package that has been in the works for two years. The proposed constitutional amendment, which requires voter approval, would allow judges to deny bail if, following a prosecutor's motion, they are concerned that defendants would not show up to court, would threaten the safety of others, or would obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice.
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August 11, 1988 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
A defense attorney has asked a Common Pleas Court judge to declare illegal an order barring judges from ruling on motions contending that suspects' speedy-trial rights have been violated. The request was filed on behalf of John Goetz, a Philadelphia man who has been free on bail awaiting trial since his March 31, 1987, arrest on drug charges. Goetz's attorney, Samuel C. Stretton, contended in court papers filed this week with Common Pleas Court Judge Gene D. Cohen that an order temporarily barring Cohen and all other Philadelphia judges from ruling on such defense motions is illegal and unconstitutional.
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May 30, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Two accused cop-killers think they have found the key to the jailhouse door. It's called court Rule 1100 E, and requires defendants be brought to trial within 180 days or be freed without posting bail until their trial. Tucker Ginn, 35, and his brother, Allen, 33, say they should be freed because they have been denied a speedy trial in the killing of Police Officer Charles Knox Jr., 31, and the shooting and wounding of his partner, Officer Anthony Howard Jr., on Aug. 30, 1992.
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August 2, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate passed two proposals Thursday that would upend the state's bail system, hours after Gov. Christie delivered a special address imploring lawmakers to act. The Assembly did not act, but Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) notified members in the early evening that he would call for a vote Monday. That is the last day lawmakers have to vote on one of the measures - a proposed constitutional amendment eliminating the right to bail for certain defendants - if they want to put it before voters in November.
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August 1, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Wednesday urged lawmakers to vote for changes he says are needed to reverse the "utter failure" of New Jersey's bail system, declaring that "we are nearly out of time to act. " "How can we continue to allow a system to exist that fails our poor, that fails those who pose no risk to the community, and fails our citizens because we're allowing dangerous people to walk free just because they can afford to?" Christie said. "It's not a fair system. " Christie delivered his remarks at a briefing at the Statehouse, where he stood beside Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd and other officials and social activists who support legislation pending before the Legislature.
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July 26, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - With less than two weeks to vote on a measure that could lead to pretrial detention without bail, New Jersey lawmakers remain divided over how to address the right to a speedy trial. The schism could upend the criminal-justice reform package that has been in the works for two years. The proposed constitutional amendment, which requires voter approval, would allow judges to deny bail if, following a prosecutor's motion, they are concerned that defendants would not show up to court, would threaten the safety of others, or would obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice.
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June 27, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie used a dramatic anecdote about a Trenton shooting to pressure lawmakers Wednesday into passing a measure that would let judges deny bail to defendants with a history of violence - a proposal that appears to have hit a roadblock in the Legislature. During a town-hall-style event in Haddon Heights, Christie told an extended story about a man charged with shooting attendees at a funeral in Trenton. The Republican governor said the man, Samuel Vincent, was out on bail at the time of the April shooting.
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April 4, 2013
A Pennsylvania man has been cleared of drunken-driving charges in New Jersey because a municipal court in Camden County did not give him a speedy trial. The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a lower court was right to drop the charge against Michael Cahill. In 2007, Cahill swerved to avoid a blocked traffic lane and hit a Pennsauken police car, injuring an officer. He later pleaded guilty to assault by auto and served a year of probation. But a drunken-driving charge was referred to the municipal court, which took 16 months to set a trial date.
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April 3, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON - A Pennsylvania man has been cleared of drunk-driving charges in New Jersey because a municipal court in Camden County did not give him a speedy trial. The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a lower court was right to drop the charge against Michael Cahill. In 2007, Cahill swerved to avoid a blocked traffic lane and hit a Pennsauken police car, injuring an officer. He later pleaded guilty to assault by auto and served a year of probation. But a drunk-driving charge was referred to the municipal court, which took 16 months to set a trial date.
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May 3, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
THE CRIMINAL case against an ex-Philadelphia cop who allegedly ordered a woman to strip naked and watch him masturbate during a Kensington drug raid was thrown out Tuesday thanks to a screw-up at the District Attorney's Office. To make a prolonged criminal-court case short: It took a city prosecutor too long to try Joseph Harvey, 37, violating his constitutional right to a speedy trial on charges filed in April 2010. Assistant District Attorney Jack O'Neill — who recently took over the case from another prosecutor — said his office plans to appeal the ruling that dismissed charges of indecent exposure, false imprisonment and official oppression.
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February 24, 2012
Edwards sex tape to be destroyed RALEIGH, N.C. - The purported sex tape of John Edwards and his mistress, Rielle Hunter, will be destroyed within 30 days after a lawsuit over who owned the tape was settled Thursday. Hunter sued former Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife in 2010 over the tape and other personal items that the couple alleged Hunter left in a box of trash while they were helping her hide. She lived with them in 2007, while she was pregnant by the then-married Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee.
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January 15, 2012 | By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A judge on Friday delayed former presidential candidate John Edwards' trial on possible campaign-finance violations after his doctor reported that Edwards has a serious heart condition that will require a medical procedure next month. Federal Judge Catherine Eagles did not disclose the exact nature of Edwards' illness or what procedure he needs. However, she said the two-time presidential candidate, 58, had "three episodes" and indicated his condition could be life-threatening if left untreated.
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