April 20, 2016 |
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.
April 9, 2016 |
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.
March 30, 2016 |
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.
February 13, 2016 |
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.
December 20, 2015 |
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.
December 11, 2015 |
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.
November 14, 2015 |
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.
November 7, 2015 |
A Montgomery County jury will resume deliberations Friday to determine whether a Lansdale man is guilty of killing his friend in a 2013 DUI crash that split his car in half. Sean Sperl, 23, is charged with driving drunk and hitting a utility pole on Ridge Road in Salford Township, killing Ryan Petrille, 21. Sperl, Petrille, and Ryan Benner went to a Phillies game in April 2013 with a group of friends, and drank at the game and on the way home in another friend's vehicle, prosecutors said.
November 7, 2015 |
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. was convicted Thursday on bank- and tax-fraud charges, a significant setback in his family's ongoing legal fight with federal authorities. It took a jury of eight men and four women a day and a half to affirm prosecutors' depiction of Fattah as a con artist who cheated banks, his own clients, and taxpayers out of thousands of dollars so he could outfit himself in luxury and project the image of a successful businessman on the rise. But if the verdict caused the slightest crack in his seemingly unrelenting confidence, the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)
November 6, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH Jr. was convicted yesterday on bank- and tax-fraud charges, a significant setback in his family's ongoing legal fight with federal authorities. It took a jury of eight men and four women a day and a half to affirm prosecutors' depiction of Fattah as a con artist who cheated banks, his own clients and taxpayers out of thousands of dollars to outfit himself in luxury and project a hollow image of a successful businessman on the rise. But if the verdict caused the slightest crack in his seemingly unrelenting confidence, the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., did not let on. Fattah remained stoic as the trial's outcome was announced, saying afterward that he was "disappointed" and "looking forward to a vigorous appeal.