May 29, 2014 |
When she retired in 2005 as a district justice in Perkasie in central Bucks County, Ruth C. Dietrich was not ready to hang up her black robe. So she applied to state court officials to substitute as needed in the state's minor judiciary. Dietrich's first assignment the next year was Philadelphia's Traffic Court and, as she told a federal jury Tuesday, it was quickly clear she was not in Perkasie anymore. Testifying at the ticket-fixing trial of six former Traffic Court judges and a Center City businessman, Dietrich, 79, told the jury how Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary introduced her to the concept of "consideration.
May 20, 2014 |
UPDATE: 1:55 p.m.: Jury selection in this case has been postponed to Wednesday. The judge who was presiding over the case, Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly, is unavailable to preside at the trial because of illness, an order filed today by Chief Judge Petrese Tucker said. This case will now be heard by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel. Earlier story below ... IT'S TIME for the judges to be judged. Six former Traffic Court judges and two businessmen will head to federal court in Philadelphia this morning for jury selection in their trial on accusations that they participated in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme.
May 28, 1986
I believe some clarification is required regarding a May 6 Letter to the Editor about funding remedial programs at parochial schools. Considering that funding of such programs is lawfully intended for non- public as well as public students, the U.S. Supreme Court's questionable interpretation of the Constitution leaves no alternative other than the use of vans so that private school students may receive remedial instructions to which they...
August 24, 2012
Prosecutors have refiled felony sex-assault charges against a suspended Philadelphia priest, days after a judge dropped them for lack of evidence. A city judge found that the alleged victim's testimony at a preliminary hearing last week failed to support the most serious charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick, 56. The judge upheld misdemeanor charges, including indecent exposure and indecent assault. Prosecutors insist the priest's actions amounted to felony sexual assault.
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.
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.
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.
July 9, 2014 |
Combined, they have won acquittals for clients charged with corruption, graft, theft, and murder. But for the last month, some of Philadelphia's highest-profile defense attorneys have pooled their vast legal brainpower to pick apart dozens of routine traffic tickets. This week, they hope those efforts will pay off as they begin to present their case in federal court on behalf of five former Traffic Court judges charged with fraud and conspiracy. Government lawyers are expected to wrap up their presentation to jurors Tuesday after 18 days of testimony.