April 15, 2014 |
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.
April 12, 2014 |
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.
April 10, 2014 |
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.
April 3, 2014 |
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.
March 14, 2014 |
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.
February 19, 2014 |
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.
February 14, 2014 |
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.
February 13, 2014 |
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.
January 26, 2014 |
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.
January 19, 2014 |
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.