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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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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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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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August 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County judge on Wednesday ruled Joseph McAndrew Jr. guilty but mentally ill of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his parents and twin brother in King of Prussia in 2011. The verdict from Common Pleas Court Judge Gary S. Silow capped a three-day bench trial in which McAndrew and his lawyer sought to convince the judge that he was not guilty by reason of insanity when he used a sword to kill his father, Joseph; his mother, Susan; and his brother, James, in their Holstein Road home.
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August 11, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
They sat in silent judgment for nearly two months as federal prosecutors laid bare one of the city's long-standing bastions of cronyism. But after acquitting five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused in a wide-ranging, ticket-fixing conspiracy three weeks ago, the jurors who decided their fate want to make one thing absolutely clear: "We hated to see those guys walk," said Mark Nagle, 57, an electronics technician known in court...
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July 28, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Time for another installment of Law & Order: Philly Ethics Division . (Queue "doink doink" sound of a cell door slamming.) Last week, several recovering "judges" of Philadelphia's illustrious Traffic "Court," where ticket-fixing for the connected was not merely a given, but appears to have been a calling, were acquitted of the most serious charges. Well, except for the lying business. Like when former "Judge" Michael Lowry told the grand jury - please don't read this while drinking a beverage - that he "treated everybody in that courtroom the same.
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July 25, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, irate prosecutors have pursued corruption in Philadelphia Traffic Court and won significant convictions - only to have ticket-fixing become standard practice once again. But this time around, even with Wednesday's mixed verdict in the latest Traffic Court trial, reform may be too advanced to stop. Of course, it helps that Traffic Court no longer exists. "The reforms have been implemented and are in practice as we speak," said Deputy District Attorney Laurie Malone, who oversees a new team of city prosecutors handling ticket cases.
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July 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Traffic Court's entrenched system of granting special consideration to friends, family, and political allies of judges may have been unethical, but it wasn't a crime, a federal jury appeared to say Wednesday as it acquitted five of the court's former jurists who were accused of participating in a ticket-fixing conspiracy. The verdict capped a five-year probe that took aim at the city's reputation as "corrupt and contented," and that led to the dismantling of the court - but its outcome called into question future government efforts to prosecute corruption where no bribery is involved.
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July 13, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden jury on Friday found Osvaldo Rivera - accused of the 2012 killing of 6-year-old Dominick Andujar as the boy rushed to aid his sister - guilty of all the charges he faced, including murder, attempted murder, and aggravated sexual assault. He was also found guilty of weapons and burglary charges. It took the jury about 21/2 hours to convict Rivera, 33, on 11 counts in a case that aroused national outrage. Rivera, a neighbor of the family who is said to have played ball with local children and given them haircuts, slashed the throats of both children.
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May 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
TWO MEMBERS of a West Philadelphia gang were convicted by a jury yesterday in the May 2012 street-corner murder of a teen bystander. The Common Pleas jury of seven women and five men took less than three hours to find Elijah Fleming, 26, and Justin Brown, 23, members of the 64th and Callowhill Street gang, guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy and the illegal use of a firearm in the death of Yasin Harvey, 16. The teen was shot four times...
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May 2, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER Philadelphia police lieutenant who successfully sued the city in 1999 saw her luck run out yesterday when she and a second ex-officer were convicted of stealing utility services. Former Lt. Aisha Perry, 54, and ex-cop George Suarez, 55, were each convicted by a Common Pleas jury of numerous charges related to tampering with meters to steal thousands of dollars worth of gas and electric services at properties they owned. Perry "went ballistic" as the verdict was being read, protested that she did nothing wrong and that she was being targeted for having blown the whistle on corrupt officers, according to a source in the courtroom.
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April 16, 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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