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May 10, 2012 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Moments after a jury convicted 20-year-old Donte Johnson on all charges in the rape and murder of Sabina Rose O'Donnell, a judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 40 to 80 years, ensuring that Johnson will live out the rest of his life behind bars. "Frankly, based on these facts, it's better than you deserve," Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn Bronson said Wednesday. In a scathing rebuke to Johnson's attorneys, who had asked that Johnson be given some hope of release in the distant future, Bronson told Johnson he was an extreme danger to the public because he lacked human decency and empathy.
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August 7, 1993 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A federal court jury yesterday found that lawyer Richard Glanton sexually harassed and defamed Kathleen Frederick, an associate lawyer he supervised, but awarded her only $125,000 in damages. The jury of five men and five women deliberated about 13 hours over three days before returning with a verdict that appeared to be a compromise. Frederick was seeking more than $2 million in damages. The damages were awarded to Frederick not for the sexual harassment but for the defamation - for statements that Glanton, a former aide to Gov. Dick Thornburgh and president of the Barnes Foundation, made to reporters in January 1992 after he learned of Frederick's suit.
NEWS
August 10, 1986
The jury has spoken in the murder trial of Wilfredo Santiago. Unless or until an appeals court overturns that verdict or new evidence is produced, Wilfredo Santiago stands convicted by a jury of his peers of assassinating Philadelphia police Officer Thomas Trench as the officer sat in a patrol car early on the morning of May 28, 1985, at 17th and Spring Garden Streets. It always is risky for anyone who has not been in court for every minute of a trial to second-guess a jury - especially one that was sequestered throughout the trial.
NEWS
March 4, 2004
ICAN'T BELIEVE the jury in the Shannon Schieber case found in favor of the city. The police didn't just drop the ball in handling the "serial rapist" case, they threw the ball out of the court. While I acknowledge that a cash award would never bring Ms. Schieber back, it would have shown the city that such substandard law enforcement practices would not be tolerated. We certainly can't count on the department to discipline its own - they proved they feel themselves beyond reproach when they panned the recent report critical of their procedures.
NEWS
February 21, 2005
LET US PRAY that last week's decision by Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe puts an end to the right-wing cause celebre created when the district attorney's office charged antigay protesters with felonies. Let us pray that it absolves us from ever again having to say that Michael Marcavage and his Repent America group were in the right. And they were, even though the anti-gay protesters weren't participating in a protest "march," but instead were engaged in insulting people attending a fair with a city permit.
NEWS
August 18, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Thomas and Dianna Rogalski reacted bitterly to what they considered leniency given to their 17-year-old son's killer. Both left a courtroom shaken yesterday after Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes rejected Assistant District Attorney Jodi Lobel's request for "at best a first-degree murder verdict; at worst, second-degree murder" for the slayer of Steven Rogalski on Oct. 10, 1998. Hughes convicted Felipe Garcia, 19, of third-degree murder. She acquitted him of the higher degrees and three counts of attempted murder and robbery.
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December 7, 1989 | By Tanya Barrientos, Inquirer Staff Writer
City officials scrambled yesterday to quell rumors of an acquittal during the first day of deliberations in the trial of a Hispanic police officer charged with manslaughter in the deaths of a black motorcyclist and his passenger. A six-member jury deliberated six hours yesterday in the case of Officer William Lozano, 31, who shot to death Clement A. Lloyd, 23. Lloyd's passenger, Allan Blanchard, 24, was thrown from the motorcycle and died the next day. Lozano is charged with two counts of manslaughter and faces a maximum of 60 years in prison.
NEWS
September 18, 2008
RE COVERAGE of the shootings on the 33 Bus: You mentioned that Cornelius Kelsey had been charged with the shooting of Arnold Grissom on a 33 Bus a couple of years ago, but you failed to mention that Mr. Kelsey had been found not guilty of all charges relating to that incident, and his family would appreciate it if you would do so. Gwen Brown, Philadelphia
NEWS
April 13, 2005 | By Anthony S. Twyman and Rory Sweeney INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A day after winning a $12.8 million federal jury verdict against the city, many of the 24 remaining homeowners on the former MOVE block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia were resolute, if not festive. "It feels good," Gerald W. Renfrow, president of the Osage/Pine Community Association, said yesterday. "After 20 years, it's hard to jump for joy. Our lives, as we knew it, were destroyed; 1985 has continued for 20 years for us. " "We're not gloating over it," said Robert Ford, who has lived on the 6200 block of Osage Avenue - which burned after police dropped a bomb on the MOVE compound on May 13, 1985 - for more than 40 years.
NEWS
February 27, 1998
So, we have a verdict in the matter of the beef barons vs. Oprah. Sizzle trumped steak. Celebrity trumped geography. And free speech, even with an imperfect champion, trumped free enterprise. There were two verdicts, really. One came yesterday in an Amarillo courtroom, as a jury ruled several Texas cattle breeders hadn't proved Oprah Winfrey slandered and damaged their business with a 1996 show on mad cow disease. The show included a vow by the daytime diva never to eat another hamburger.
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May 13, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
The long-standing custom of giving Philadelphia City Council members complete control over land use in their districts, known as councilmanic prerogative, took a beating in federal court Wednesday when a jury said it was used by a Council member to punish a political foe. Developer Ori Feibush had accused Councilman Kenyatta Johnson of blocking his attempts to buy two city-owned lots after he announced plans to run against Johnson in the 2015 Democratic...
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May 4, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Twenty-seven years after the bodies of Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible were found strangled and in squalor, a Philadelphia jury on Monday said Rudolph Churchill was the man who killed them. Churchill, 54, of Paulsboro, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two weapons counts involving the twine and shoelace used to strangle the women. But the jury acquitted the Gloucester County man of two counts of rape and two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, an apparent acknowledgment that none of Churchill's DNA was found on or in the bodies of Ellis and Hanible.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
A federal jury on Wednesday found two leaders of the defunct Nova Financial Holding Inc. guilty of a scheme to defraud the U.S. Treasury Department's bank bailout program in 2009. Prosecutors charged that Barry R. Bekkedam, the bank's founding chairman, and Brian M. Hartline, its chief executive, orchestrated a series of fraudulent loans to customers who would then invest the money back into Nova in a bid to qualify for $13.5 million in federal bank bailout funds. The scheme fell apart after the treasury department rescinded its offer of bailout money for unrelated reasons.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
After deliberating late into the night Monday, a Montgomery Common Pleas Court jury returned a mixed verdict in the trial of an Uber driver charged with raping a woman who had hired him last year to take her from Center City to Montgomery County. The jury announced shortly before 11 p.m., 61/2 hours after it had begun its work, that it had found Abdellah Elkaddi, 47, not guilty of raping the 24-year-old woman, and not guilty of aggravated indecent assault while a victim is unaware of what is happening.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. on Thursday asked a federal magistrate to set aside a Scranton jury verdict last month that awarded two Dimock, Pa., families $4.24 million for their claims that Cabot's shale-gas operations contaminated their drinking water. The gas driller alleged that misconduct by the families' attorney, Leslie Lewis, tainted the jury, and that the testimony of two neighbors who had earlier signed settlements and non-disclosure agreements with Cabot should not have been permitted.
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March 30, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury returned a split verdict Monday in the trial of a former SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up and falsely arresting a nurse after a Christmas 2013 argument in a Suburban Station doughnut shop. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women deliberated about two hours before finding Douglas Ioven guilty of misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and official oppression involving the arrest of Muibat Williamson. The jury acquitted Ioven, 44, of simple assault and obstruction of administration of law. The assault count involved Williamson's allegation that Ioven stepped on her foot after cutting in line at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse and later banged her head into an ATM trying to apprehend her. The obstruction charge involved arresting Williamson to prevent her from filing a complaint against him with SEPTA superiors.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman who said she was severely injured by surgically implanted vaginal mesh was awarded $13.5 million by a Court of Common pleas jury on Wednesday, the second large verdict against medical device manufacturer Ethicon, Inc. in Philadelphia. Sharon Carlino, 58, of Toms River, N.J. sued Ethicon following surgery in 2005 to implant vaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence. She said she suffered sharp pains as a consequence of the procedure and underwent two attempts at corrective surgery without success.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA JURY yesterday convicted Kathryn Knott of four misdemeanor counts, but acquitted her of felony charges of aggravated assault in an attack on a gay couple in Center City last year. Knott, 25, bit her lips when the jury forewoman announced the guilty verdicts against her for one count each of simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. Afterward, Knott sat at the defense table and wiped away tears with a tissue before getting up. She and her parents tearfully embraced in the courtroom gallery.
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a verdict that stunned courtroom spectators, a Philadelphia jury on Wednesday acquitted a South Philadelphia man charged in the 2008 slaying of aspiring Minnesota teacher Beau Zabel in a robbery that netted an iPod. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated three hours before acquitting Marcellus Jones of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and two gun charges. Jones, 37, is already serving life in prison without parole in a murder connected to the Zabel slaying.
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November 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Havertown man with a knack for striking short-lived relationships with women he introduced himself to on Facebook was found guilty Thursday of stalking and harassing CBS3 anchor Erika von Tiehl after she broke up with him in 2011. John Hart, 39, a former law student, did not appear to react to the verdict by the Philadelphia jury of seven men and five women, which was announced after one hour of the jury's second day of deliberations. But Hart scowled as the prosecutor argued that the stalking verdict should be graded as a felony because of Hart's earlier guilty plea in a Delaware County stalking case.
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