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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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November 7, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.)
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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November 7, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 7, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.)
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November 6, 2015 | BY JEREMY ROEBUCK, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 21, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A RAPE SUSPECT who terrorized four girls in East Germantown pleaded no contest yesterday, two days before his trial was expected to begin. Antuane Brown, 25, of East Germantown, faces up to 320 years in prison for his crimes. Brown was charged with four counts each of rape, kidnapping, possession of instrument of crime and unlawful restraint, prosecutors said. He was also charged with three counts of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse. He will be sentenced Feb. 12 by Common Pleas Judge Donna Woelpper, who could reduce the sentence slightly because of Brown's plea.
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October 21, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Griffin Campbell, the North Philadelphia contractor who jumped at the chance to trade rehabbing houses for demolishing five Center City buildings, was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 collapse that buried a Salvation Army thrift store, killing six and injuring 13. The Common Pleas Court jury's verdict - it acquitted Campbell of six counts of third-degree murder and a conspiracy charge - spared the 51-year-old Hunting Park...
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September 12, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother are sentenced next month for their roles in a $1.2 million mortgage scheme, a New Jersey judge will rule on their lawyers' motions asking for either a verdict reversal or a new trial. Fryar, a wide receiver who played for the Eagles and other teams during his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, formerly of Willingboro, were convicted of conspiracy and theft by deception Aug. 7. Each faces five to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines on Oct. 2 when state Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert is expected to sentence them.
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August 20, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alleging a "miscarriage of justice," attorneys for former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother are urging a judge to either overturn a jury's verdicts convicting the two in a $1.2 million mortgage fraud or grant a new trial. Motions filed by the defense in Superior Court in Mount Holly late last week say the convictions came despite a lack of evidence and because of prosecutorial misconduct. Fryar, 54, a wide receiver who played for the Eagles and several other teams, and Allene McGhee, 74, a retired school bus driver, are both free on bail.
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