July 19, 2014 |
Update: Defense lawyers resumed their closing arguments Friday morning. Earlier Story: Jurors weighing the case of five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused of favoring friends and political allies in a years-long ticket-fixing conspiracy were offered two standards Thursday by which to judge the defendants: The capital-J justice invoked by prosecutor Anthony Wzorek, who opened his closing argument by citing the pledge etched...
July 27, 1997
It is not enough to remember Justice William J. Brennan Jr. for the breadth and quality of the 1,360 opinions he authored as a member of the nation's highest court - although those opinions marked him as the dominating judicial figure of the last third of a century. It is not enough to remember Justice Brennan, who died Thursday, for his liberal legacy - although his expansive interpretation of the Constitution broadened forever the American concept of personal freedom and equal rights.
February 8, 2016 |
The sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby cleared its first major hurdle last week, when a Montgomery County judge rejected the entertainer's request to drop the charges because his defense team said they violated a non-prosecution pledge by a former district attorney. But the issue is far from over. Within hours of Common Pleas Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill's ruling Wednesday, Cosby's lawyers announced they would appeal - a move that, if allowed to proceed, could derail plans for a March 8 preliminary hearing on the evidence and tie up the case for months.
July 14, 2016 |
Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman convicted in a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City, was paroled Tuesday after five months in prison. Knott, 25, of Southampton, walked out of the Criminal Justice Center after the ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington. In February, Covington sentenced Knott to five to 10 months in prison after a jury found her guilty of misdemeanor charges of simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment in the attack on Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught.
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.
May 12, 2016 |
State Sen. Larry Farnese of Philadelphia was accused in a federal indictment Tuesday of using a $6,000 bribe to sway a 2011 election for Democratic ward leader in Center City's Eighth Ward. Farnese, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, paid $6,000 to fund a college-study-abroad program for the daughter of a committeewoman in the ward, Ellen Chapman, who was also charged in the indictment. Chapman "had originally intended to support a different candidate in the ward leader election" but switched her vote to help Farnese, according to federal prosecutors.
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.