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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 19, 1988 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It was Penn vs. Temple in the courtroom - and the prosecutor gave it the old college try. But, when push came to shove, the district attorney's blue-ribbon jury yesterday called a fight between two students a draw. The panel announced that Salvatore Infantino, 25, a Temple University dental student, was "not guilty by mutual consent" of beating Christopher Leone, 28, a student at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Infantino had pleaded innocent to aggravated and simple assault charges.
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May 15, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
SIX EX-NARCOTICS officers accused of going rogue and robbing suspected drug dealers during a six-year reign of terror walked out of federal court yesterday as free men after a jury acquitted them of all charges at the end of a six-week trial. Relatives of the former Narcotics Field Unit cops - Thomas Liciardello, 38; Michael Spicer, 47; Brian Reynolds, 43; Perry Betts, 47; Linwood Norman, 47; and John Speiser, 42 - packed into the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to hear the verdict, which came just after 11 a.m. They erupted into cheers and tears of joy after the jury foreman answered "not guilty" to each of the 26 counts against the men. Some of the officers faced more counts than others, but the charges against them included racketeering conspiracy, robbery, use of excessive force and falsifying police reports.
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May 14, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal jurors deliberating the fate of six members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad said Tuesday that they were at "an impasse on one or more counts. " The six-man, six-woman panel alerted U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno of their stalemate in a note just after 2:30 p.m. - about 20 hours into their discussions. The judge sent them back instructions to keep trying to reach a unanimous verdict. "Although it may seem like an eternity, it has only been 31/2 days of deliberations," Robreno told them.
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May 11, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AFTER A DAY and a half of deliberations, a jury of six women and six men tasked with deciding the corruption case against six ex-narcotics cops left U.S. District Court yesterday without a verdict. The jurors are to decide whether to convict Officers Thomas Liciardello, 38, Brian Reynolds, 43, Michael Spicer, 47, Perry Betts, 47, Linwood Norman, 47, and Michael Speiser, 42, on various counts related to allegations that they threatened and robbed drug dealers, and falsified paperwork while working in a narcotics squad.
SPORTS
April 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES were playing in Cincinnati on a Monday night. Ben Revere made a highlight-reel catch, with the words "Pray for Boston" freshly etched on his glove. The Red Sox had just wrapped up their annual Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park before heading out for a short, three-game trip to Cleveland. A week before the 2-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, a federal jury declared that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was guilty of all 30 counts he was charged with in the horrific event that left three spectators dead and wounded more than 200 people.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in 12 months, a Philadelphia jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy almost 18 years ago in a Bridesburg parish. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men hearing the trial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick, 58, announced Wednesday that it was hung. The mistrial came one day shy of a year since the last mistrial. McCormick's face reddened as he heard the foreman respond "no verdict" to each of the five counts against him: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, child endangerment, corruption of a minor, and indecent assault of a minor under 13. But afterward, the priest of 33 years seemed upbeat, wishing court staff a happy Easter as he signed a subpoena to appear at an April 10 hearing.
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February 19, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A COURTROOM rumble erupted yesterday afternoon after an Overbrook man, convicted of murder in a 2013 robbery of a special-needs man for his headphones, cursed at a deputy sheriff. The two got physical, prompting cops to jump in from the gallery to control the chaos. The brawl happened after Arkel Garcia, 21, was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, robbery and a firearms offense. After the jury of 10 women and two men was escorted out, Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff proceeded to sentence Garcia, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole in the death of Christian Massey, 21, a West Philly native who graduated from Marple Newtown High School.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a verdict likely to challenge Pennsylvania's law defining a "weapon of mass destruction," a Philadelphia jury Thursday found a Germantown artist guilty of that crime in a May incident in which he blew off most of his right hand with a homemade explosive. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated about 21/2 hours before returning the verdict against Douglas Ferrin, 55. Ferrin, who spent about six months in prison for blowing up the toilet in a Phoenixville bar in 2011, did not appear to react to the verdict.
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January 22, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
PHILLY'S ONCE high-flying Don Tollefson was hauled away in handcuffs yesterday after a Bucks County jury found him guilty of theft, fraud and deception for fleecing hundreds of people out of phony sports-travel packages. After the verdict was read, Tollefson was remanded to prison, where he is being held on $350,000 bail. Escorted from court by four sheriff's deputies, Tollefson asked the media to respect his family's privacy. "I'll continue to work to be sober and a better person in any way I can, wherever I am," he said.
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January 14, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JURY YESTERDAY convicted a 25-year-old South Philly man of first-degree murder and related offenses in the 2012 shooting death of another man in a Walgreens parking lot in front of the victim's 5-year-old son. Jahmir Harris was then sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi to a mandatory term of life in prison. Harris chose not to say anything to the judge before he was sentenced. The jury found that about 8:15 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012, Harris was the gunman who exited the driver's side of a car in the Walgreens parking lot on Oregon Avenue near 23rd Street and unleashed 17 shots toward Louis Porter, 45, who had just parked his car in the lot and exited his vehicle.
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December 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The woman who fatally stabbed former University of Pennsylvania basketball star Matt White - his wife of 25 years - was found guilty but mentally ill Tuesday of voluntary manslaughter. Delaware County Court Judge Kevin Kelly, who presided at the nonjury trial, scheduled a February sentencing for Maria Garcia-Pellon, 54. "It's an appropriate verdict," said Thomas Bergstrom, attorney for Garcia-Pellon, who also was found guilty but mentally ill on a weapons count. Early on Feb. 11, 2013, Garcia-Pellon killed her husband as he lay sleeping in their Nether Providence Township home.
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