July 12, 2011 |
A raid of two clubhouses under the Market-Frankford El this morning was part of a federal crackdown today on a motorcycle gang whose "Mother Chapter" is alleged to be based in Philadelphia. About 6 a.m., agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms entered two Wheels of Soul buildings that sit across from each other in the 6100 block of Market Street. A federal indictment unsealed in St Louis this morning alleged that 18 Wheels of Soul associates from seven states - Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky - are suspected of involvement in murder, kidnapping, drug distribution and racketeering.
December 9, 1988 |
Justice William J. Brennan Jr., the Supreme Court's oldest and most liberal member, was admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital yesterday afternoon suffering from pneumonia, a court spokeswoman said. The announcement of Brennan's illness was made in a brief statement by the Supreme Court public information office. "Justice William Brennan was admitted to the Bethesda Naval Hospital with pneumonia," the statement said. "He is being treated with antibiotics and doctors expect him to respond very well.
February 2, 1990
REMOVE THE STAIN OF PREJUDICE In the last quarter-century, we in this country have taken the first steps toward a comprehensive definition of the constitutional idea of human dignity. We are, however, by no means finished. . . . Equality cannot exist where one person is free to stain another with the paints of prejudice and hate. These markings are not . . . indelible. They can be eliminated, and indeed must be under a constitution that promises all inhabitants equal protection of the laws.
June 8, 1986
Each of us is afforded one life. Needless to say it is most precious. However, and unfortunately, there are those individuals in our society who think categorically nothing of putting a gun to your head, pulling the trigger and taking that most precious life away from you. It is axiomatic to me that anyone who commits a heinous crime most assuredly deserves to be executed. No doubt about it. Some criminals actually have stated that they should be executed for their heinous acts but a couple of Supreme Court justices disagree.
August 13, 1991 |
Two wild pitches by Harrisburg's William Brennan in the 10th inning gave the Reading Phillies a 5-4 victory over the Senators last night. Reading's Tony Longmire walked while leading off the home 10th. He was sacrificed to second by Sean Ryan, then went to third on a wild pitch while Brennan was trying to walk Casey Waller intentionally. Longmire scored on another wild pitch while Brennan was facing Cary Williams. Williams was 3 for 4, with a run scored and an RBI single that capped a three-run Reading rally in the eighth.
March 16, 1987
A March 7 editorial stated that the Reagan administration wants judges who will interpret the Constitution "according to a narrow right-wing ideology. " That is a lie. The President wants judges who will interpret the Constitution according to the intent of the framers. No one in his right mind can argue that judges like Supreme Court Justices William J. Brennan Jr. and Thurgood Marshall do that. It is amusing to see that The Inquirer was castigating Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.)
December 2, 1986 |
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to block the deportation of a Long Island man who has been sentenced to death in the Soviet Union for collaborating with the Nazis during World War II. In another case, a proposed settlement involving Lukens Steel in Chester County, Pa., may nullify the court's agreement to search for racial segregation. Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark had urged the court to review the case of Estonian-born Karl Linnas, one of the first targets of the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations.
May 14, 1987 |
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will vote tomorrow on a report that sharply criticizes the Supreme Court for a ruling that upheld preferential hiring and promotion of women. The commission chairman, Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., said yesterday that the report criticizes the court's "flawed judicial reasoning" in a 6-3 decision that allows an employer to promote a woman over an arguably more qualified man to help women get into higher-ranking jobs. The New York Times reported today that the report categorizes the court's reasoning as "incorrect," "wrong" and "unpersuasive.
May 25, 2000 |
Robert L. Frazier took his two "best friends" out to dinner on Mother's Day. But on the way home, his car ran into a pole and his mother, Mildred, 84, and aunt, Elizabeth Mantz, 88, were killed. Cops say Frazier was drunk. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Felice R. Stack, Frazier, 43, who has three prior drunken driving convictions, was ordered to stand trial on charges that included homicide by vehicle while under the influence, drunken driving and involuntary manslaughter.
February 22, 2012 |
William Brennan, a defense lawyer in the child-endangerment and sex-abuse trial of three Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, had scanned only a few juror questionnaires Wednesday when he found one that showed why it might take weeks to seat an impartial panel. "As a Catholic," the prospective juror, a man, wrote, "I am disgusted by these allegations. " And that man was one of the people who made the first cut. Brennan represents the Rev. James J. Brennan, one of two former parish priests accused of sexually abusing a boy in the 1990s.