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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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Maryland man who was arrested by Philadelphia police trying to eject several people from Lincoln Financial Field before the 2011 Eagles home opener was awarded $75,000 in damages Tuesday by a Philadelphia jury. The 12-member Common Pleas Court jury returned its verdict for Harry Mims, 32, a real estate office manager who was arrested before the start of the Sept. 25 game against the New York Giants. Mims' lawyer, Jonathan James, who handled the civil case with partner Michael C. Schwartz, said the jury returned its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations since Friday.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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April 15, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania state trooper accused of stomping a handcuffed man in the head during a botched 2009 drug raid was acquitted Monday of a federal civil rights violation charge. Cheers and applause erupted in the courtroom from more than two dozen of Kelly Cruz's law enforcement colleagues as the jury delivered its verdict to U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin. It took less than two hours for the panel of five men and seven women to come to its decision. A visibly relieved Cruz declined to comment.
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April 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The horse, startled by a chicken roaming on the track, partially bucked off the jockey, dragged him for about 40 seconds as one foot remained in a stirrup, kicked him repeatedly, and killed him, according to a lawsuit. On Wednesday, a Philadelphia jury found Parx Casino & Racetrack liable for nearly $8 million for the 2010 incident that claimed the life of Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon. Calderon suffered 11 broken ribs and bleeding in the brain, according to his attorney, Michael A. Trunk, and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Maryland man who was arrested by Philadelphia police trying to eject several people from Lincoln Financial Field before the 2011 Eagles home opener was awarded $75,000 in damages Tuesday by a Philadelphia jury. The 12-member Common Pleas Court jury returned its verdict for Harry Mims, 32, a real estate office manager who was arrested before the start of the Sept. 25 game against the New York Giants. Mims' lawyer, Jonathan James, who handled the civil case with partner Michael C. Schwartz, said the jury returned its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations since Friday.
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April 3, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Zysk knew he wasn't going home. Because he had admitted he punched to death his girlfriend's crying 3-year-old son in an act he testified was sleep-deprived frustration, the jury had two choices: Convict him of third-degree murder, or of involuntary manslaughter. So by the time the Philadelphia jury announced its verdict Tuesday - guilty of involuntary manslaughter, hung on the murder charge - the 30-year-old Roxborough man had already said goodbye to his family and doffed his dark business suit, and was waiting in white T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers.
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March 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A COMMON PLEAS jury has awarded $7.25 million to the estate and family of a man who was exposed to asbestos when he worked at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard more than 40 years ago and later died of cancer. Edward Merwitz, of Langhorne, Bucks County, was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer in the lining surrounding the lungs - in January 2010. He died six months later at age 62. On Wednesday, a jury "found liability among a variety of companies that sell electrical wires, pumps and motors, which are not your typical suppliers of asbestos," according to partner Lawrence R. Cohan of the Center City firm Anapol Schwartz, who represented the Merwitz family.
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February 19, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after verdicts were announced Saturday night in the Jacksonville, Fla., trial of Michael Dunn, social media flared. Dunn, charged in the killing of Jordan Davis, 17, was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder but acquitted, by a hung jury, of a first-degree count. That caused hurt and objection - and sadness among Davis' family members, who said they though his image had been unfairly tarnished. On Nov. 23, 2012, Dunn pulled into a service station next to an SUV carrying Davis and some friends.
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February 14, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Troy Whye was found guilty of first-degree murder for the second time Wednesday in the fatal 2008 stabbing of his estranged girlfriend in front of the couple's toddler. The verdict, after three days of deliberations, ended the trial in which Whye, 42, was accused of killing Krystal Skinner, then 23, in her Lindenwold apartment. On March 26, police found her son, John, kneeling beside her body, stroking her hair. During three days of deliberations, the jury at the Camden County Courthouse asked to hear testimony of Whye and at least two witnesses before making its decision.
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February 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most of the last decade, his lawyer said, Calvin Gadson steered clear of the criminal justice system, living in West Philadelphia and helping support his five children. On Tuesday, however, Gadson's past caught up to him when a Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of a 1998 rape to which he was linked four years ago by a federal DNA database. Gadson, 37, a tall, muscular man wearing a well-tailored tan suit, seemed surprised when the jury of seven men and five women found him guilty of rape after two days of deliberations.
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January 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time in 13 years, George Borgesi, the Philadelphia mob's former consigliere, left the James A. Byrne federal courthouse Friday unencumbered by handcuffs and hand in hand with the woman he married while behind bars. Borgesi had been found not guilty. Hours earlier, a jury acquitted the 50-year-old known as "Georgie Boy" on one count of racketeering conspiracy and said it was hopelessly deadlocked on three of four counts facing his uncle and codefendant, reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi.
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January 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IT SEEMED that yesterday would be the end to the racketeering retrial of reputed Philly mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi. Jurors were working diligently, and the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend was approaching. But then word filtered into the courtroom hallway about 11 a.m. that the panel of 11 women and one man were unanimous on two counts, hung on the rest. Relatives of Ligambi, 74, and onetime Philly mob consigliere Borgesi, 50, seemed nervous while waiting in the courtroom.
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