March 18, 1996 |
Judge Cornelius Sullivan's range of expressions could cause orchids to bloom and bad guys to wilt. Soon, the bad guys won't have to be in the same courtroom with Sullivan when he scowls at them. Sometime this week, the five video cameras mounted on the walls of his seventh-floor courtroom in Superior Court will be turned on to record some of the minor proceedings Sullivan oversees. And next month, the daily influx in Sullivan's courtroom of recently arrested prisoners in orange jumpsuits will end. Sullivan will preside over their "first appearances" while they - and he - are sitting before video cameras at opposite ends of a fiber-optic cable, the prisoners in the jail and the judge in his courtroom.
June 29, 2016 |
Two Philadelphia police officers told a Common Pleas Court jury Monday that the owner of the Oasis strip club and his manager quickly went from purported victims to suspects in the beating of one patron and death of another. Officer Alexander Montes, the first to arrive at the Southwest Philadelphia gentlemen's club on Oct. 16, 2009, testified that club owner Robert Laflar said two men had "jumped him, started fighting, and tried to rob him of his Rolex watch. " Laflar, however, did not look like he had been in a fight, Montes said.
June 30, 2016 |
Court proceedings for a former manager of a Southwest Philadelphia strip club - accused of killing an unruly customer with a single punch to the head - came to an unexpected close Tuesday with the end of prosecution testimony and the defense's decision to present no evidence. John Pettit, 55, of Pennsauken, told Common Pleas Court Judge Steven R. Geroff that he would not testify in his defense in the 2009 death of James Koons. Pettit's attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr., said he would present no defense witnesses.
July 27, 2000 |
The Burlington County freeholders yesterday approved the purchase of video teleconferencing equipment to link two county jails with participating municipal courts for a prisoner's initial appearance hearing. County officials say the pilot program, which will cost the county an estimated $20,000, will cut down on municipalities using police officers to transport defendants between the facilities. The county and Burlington County Superior Court will pay $10,000 each for the TV monitors, VCRs, cameras and microphones to go into the detention facility in Mount Holly and the minimum-security building in Pemberton Township.
December 20, 1988 |
Some call it a great advance. Others say it is a giant step backwards. Whatever, the federal court in Philadelphia is ready to explore the technological frontier. On Friday, U.S. District Court in Philadelphia was selected as one of four federal courts in the nation to participate in a two-year experiment in which video cameras rather than stenographers will be used to record daily court proceedings. A subcommittee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, which oversees federal court administration, made the choice in Orlando, Fla., where it was meeting to decide on a number of improvements in the federal court system, according to Dave Sellers, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
August 30, 1987 |
The video industry is taking aim at a new market - still photography. You may have noticed that names traditionally associated with the photography industry (such as Canon, Kodak and Konica) have begun appearing on video equipment. Now these companies, as well as electronics giants Sony and Casio, are inventing a new field - still video. Simply put, it uses video technology to store still pictures on magnetic tape disks instead of photographic film. Still video is new, high-tech and, for the time being at least, quite expensive.
January 20, 1998 |
Police Officer Charles Rantin raised the black-plated barrel of a 9mm pistol, his eyes intently on the scuffle before him. Several paces away, in a suburban backyard, a man and woman wrestled for control of a knife that glinted in the midday sun. The woman yelled for help. Then, abruptly, the man broke free. Gripping the knife's handle, he charged toward the officer, flashing the exposed blade. Rantin squeezed the trigger. A shot echoed through the air. The assailant fell to the ground.
April 2, 2009
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey may have a cancer undermining the broader integrity of his department. If so, he needs to remove it quickly and forcefully. Some owners of small bodegas are telling disturbingly similar tales of police drug raids that begin with the destruction of their private surveillance cameras and end with the looting of cash and merchandise from their shops. A Daily News investigation turned up video of one raid in September 2007 at a bodega in West Oak Lane that shows narcotics officers busy shutting off the store's surveillance cameras.
January 20, 2011 |
The Phillies have opted to supersize and enhance their video system at Citizens Bank Park. According to a release the team sent out Wednesday, the Phillies are in the midst of a $10 million upgrade that will include an enormous new HD-15 video display screen in left field. Sony Electronics' System Solutions Group and Daktronics are working on the high-definition project. The new video system will be on display to the public for the first time when the Phillies host the Pittsburgh Pirates in two exhibition games, on March 29 and 30. The Phillies said their new HD display will be the largest in the National League and among the largest in the world, measuring 76 feet high and 97 feet wide.
August 2, 1992 |
Peter G. Brown, 53, a scientist and civil rights advocate who enjoyed working as a handyman, died suddenly Thursday at Lankenau Hospital. He lived in Wynnewood. At the time of his death, Mr. Brown was an associate director of scientific meetings and telecommunications at Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceutical in Radnor. In that capacity he was involved in setting up a global meeting system for the company. "We were supposed to go to Paris next week," said his wife, Esther. "He was working to get a video system in place there.