March 20, 1996 |
John E. du Pont's request to leave prison for a psychiatric exam was turned down for a third time yesterday. But that doesn't mean he can't try again. Delaware County Court Judge Patricia Jenkins denied his request yesterday, but in doing so, she set ground rules for defense lawyers to continue making their case. The judge also postponed the millionaire murder suspect's arraignment until April 25. The arraignment - du Pont's opportunity to enter a plea - had been scheduled for tomorrow, but the defense wanted to wait until a court-ordered competency examination is held.
June 1, 1996 |
During Thursday's arraignment for John E. du Pont, defense lawyer Richard Sprague complained to Delaware County Court Judge Patricia Jenkins that her actions seemed to favor the prosecution. He asked that she disqualify herself. Jenkins refused. Yesterday, Sprague and the defense team took the next step, seeking to have the state Supreme Court remove her from the case. They also want the court to void the arraignment, which included a plea of "not guilty" entered by Jenkins on du Pont's behalf.
February 8, 1996 |
Lawyers for John E. du Pont say Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz may have had a gun inside his Toyota when the oddball millionaire shot him to death near the car last month. Seeking any evidence that would allow the chemicals heir to claim self-defense in the murder case, du Pont's attorneys went to court yesterday to force Delaware County prosecutors to turn over information about Schultz and weapons. "We are led to believe that there may have been a weapon or weapons in the car of David Schultz, the victim in this matter," du Pont lawyer William Lamb wrote prosecutors.
February 22, 1996 |
John E. du Pont can't go home again - at least, not right away. Delaware County Court Judge Patricia Jenkins yesterday denied du Pont's request that he be allowed to return to his Newtown Square mansion to retrieve documents. "The defendant has failed to demonstrate that the relief requested is necessary to afford him his right to effective assistance of counsel," Jenkins wrote. Jenkins issued her decision about four hours after a hearing on the matter ended at noon. Du Pont's lawyers filed a motion Feb. 14 to allow him a brief visit home to gather material that could aid his defense.
February 9, 1996 |
Barring a last-minute postponement, a district justice will hear testimony today detailing how Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz was shot dead and why millionaire John E. du Pont has been charged with the Jan. 26 slaying. The preliminary hearing will be the first time du Pont has appeared in court since he was whisked off to Delaware County Prison following his Jan. 28 arrest on murder charges. Still unresolved yesterday was a defense request asking that the prosecution turn over all material it has that is related to the case, including any weapons found in Schultz's Toyota.
July 21, 1996 |
For the last six months, his home has been a cell barely big enough to hold a bunk, a stainless-steel toilet and a sink. Its one window faces a recreation yard he's not allowed to use. He is forbidden to watch television, listen to the radio or read newspapers and magazines. His meals are mostly tea and crackers. He leaves his cell only for a closet-sized prison meeting room, where he meets with lawyers and others, and for court appearances. After nearly 57 years of luxury - of roaming an 800-acre estate, jetting the world at will, chatting up heads of state and world-class athletes - John E. du Pont is confined to "a stark, spartan existence," one of his lawyers said.
June 3, 1996 |
Byron Keith Cooper has never met John Eleuthere du Pont. That hasn't stopped the career criminal from Oklahoma from becoming the multi-millionaire's latest ally in his fight to avoid a life in prison. In 1989, Cooper murdered an 86-year-old man during a burglary in Oklahoma. He exhibited such bizarre behavior during early court proceedings that he was sent to a psychiatric institution for more than three months. Still, he was convicted and sentenced to death. In April, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction, ruling that Oklahoma's standard for determining a defendant's competency placed too heavy a burden on the defense.
May 24, 1987 |
Sen. Robert J. Dole, the presidential hopeful, was on the rubber-chicken circuit, working a cocktail party of Chester County Republican leaders. His guide, who smiled broadly in a pin-striped suit that perfectly matched the senator's, was the county GOP chairman, William Holman Lamb. They wheeled through the hall, pumping hands and spewing pleasantries, as Lamb ticked off the names and titles of the local VIPs who had assembled to greet Dole before the party's $100-a-plate spring benefit dinner in Downingtown.
April 20, 2000 |
The state Supreme Court has barred a Montgomery County judge from hearing the custody dispute involving a mother who fled the country with her two children and the millionaire father who searched the world to bring them home. The high court issued the order last week in response to a petition filed on behalf of the mother, Ellen Dever, by her attorneys, Richard A. Sprague and William H. Lamb. The justices, who did not state a reason for removing Judge Rhonda Lee Daniele, also barred any other Montgomery County judges from the case.
October 9, 2010 |
William Arthur Lamb, 85, of Malvern, a retired civil engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, died Monday, Oct. 4, of dementia at home. After his appointment in 1967 as assistant engineer for the Philadelphia district of the Pennsylvania Highway Department, now PennDot, he oversaw the design, construction, and improvements of major roadways in the city and its suburbs. His projects included construction of I-95 exit and entrance ramps through Philadelphia and the Vine Street Expressway.