January 31, 2016 |
The lawyer for Griffin Campbell - the demolition contractor convicted in the deadly Center City collapse - told a Philadelphia judge Friday he believes a secret deal with prosecutors kept millionaire property developer Richard Basciano from testifying at Campbell's trial. William D. Hobson made the assertion at a post-conviction hearing on his contention that Campbell's manslaughter conviction should be overturned because of "selective racial prosecution. " Hobson told Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson he believed it was no coincidence that two black men were the only people criminally charged, while Basciano and his architect - both white - were not. Plato A. Marinakos Jr., 49, the architect overseeing demolition of Basciano's properties in the 2100 block of Market Street, was granted immunity from prosecution.
August 18, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Jared Sprague-Lott tucked a baseball under his pillow Saturday night in his bunk at the Little League World Series. The Taney pitcher will wake up Sunday morning with the biggest game of his young career hours away. He plans to hop over the chalked baselines when he takes the mound Sunday night for the second-round game at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. A little superstition couldn't hurt. But the pitcher from Bella Vista is not in Williamsport because of superstition.
May 18, 2014 |
The auction for control of The Inquirer's parent company has been scheduled for May 27, according to an attorney for one of the competing groups of owners. After weeks of negotiations, both sides have agreed to nearly all terms, lawyer Richard A. Sprague said Friday. Sprague represents owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest. The other group is led by George E. Norcross III. The men are among the five partners who own Interstate General Media Holdings L.L.C., the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, three websites, and a printing plant.
May 9, 2014 |
Unable to reach agreement, The Inquirer's rival owners are likely to ask a Delaware judge to choose the date for the auction of its parent company, according to one attorney in the case. Richard A. Sprague, who represents Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest in the dispute with a group led by George E. Norcross III, said the date and auction procedure were still unresolved. "The Norcross side would like the auction to be May 14," Sprague said Wednesday. "The Katz-Lenfest side would prefer it to be what the judge ordered, by May 28. The judge's order said by May 28, and our side would like the additional time.
April 8, 2014
LET'S AGREE on two things about the controversial sting on Philadelphia pols. One, we still don't know who's right and who's wrong about how it was handled. Two, in its aftermath, individual and institutional rehab is in order. This is true for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose rising-star reputation got sucked into a black hole from which it remains to be retrieved. It's true for the Legislature; once again tarnished, once again exposed for ethical lethargy and ongoing failures to promote public trust.
March 31, 2014 |
She'd been taking a "brutal" beating in the media, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane told her supporters, but not to worry. "I am one tough woman," she said at a recent Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 fund-raiser. The next morning, however, Kane seemed less assured as she "lawyered up" for an Inquirer Editorial Board meeting she had requested to explain herself. Feared litigator Richard A. Sprague, with a specialty in libel, accompanied her. Kane stayed silent like a stone as Sprague did the talking.
March 22, 2014 |
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats accepting cash or gifts. Sprague said he would launch an investigation into the conduct of the prosecutors who ran that sting operation, which began in 2010 before Kane took office. She has said the case was mismanaged, possibly tainted by racial profiling, and far too weak for any prosecutions.
March 20, 2014 |
Three weeks ago, Philadelphia lawyer Richard Sprague took what legal experts called an unusual and possibly risky move: asking the state Supreme Court to take away an appeal pending before a three-judge Superior Court panel for taking too long to rule. Although cause-and-effect are impossible to prove, on March 11 the Superior Court panel issued its opinion in Sprague's pretrial appeal in a 2005 defamation lawsuit by two former Lackawanna County commissioners against the Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper.
March 1, 2014 |
In what experts are calling an extraordinary legal gambit, Philadelphia lawyer Richard A. Sprague is asking the state Supreme Court to yank a case from the hands of three lower-court judges for taking too long to rule. Using language usually reserved for an opposing lawyer in a hotly contested trial, Sprague's motion says "inexcusable" delay by the three-judge Superior Court panel in a defamation case "reflects a deliberate indifference to their judicial duties. " His motion also asks the state's highest court to direct its watchdog agency, the Board of Judicial Conduct, to begin an inquiry into the conduct of the panel, composed of President Judge Susan Peikes Gantman and Judges Mary Jane Bowes and Judith F. Olson of Superior Court.
November 7, 2013 |
Stating in part that "truth is a complete defense," a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by attorney Richard A. Sprague against a former Daily News columnist who had written that the acclaimed lawyer had lied while representing his former friend, ex-State Sen. Vincent Fumo. Judge Lisa M. Rau also found that just because public figures might not like what they read about themselves, that is not always justification for a lawsuit.