August 15, 2008 |
After four days of public vilification in which his professional ethics have been challenged, a lawyer for Danieal Kelly's estate has hired his own attorney to try to "set the record straight. " Veteran Center City litigator George Bochetto yesterday confirmed that he had been hired by Brian Mildenberg, one of two lawyers representing the estate of Danieal Kelly, the 14-year-old girl whose death by starvation in 2006 has resulted in criminal charges against her parents, family friends, and public and private social workers used by the city's Department of Human Services.
April 26, 2007 |
Only 33 percent of Americans think pet owners should be able to sue for emotional-distress damages when their animals are wrongfully killed, according to a Gallup poll conducted this month. Courts should share this skepticism. Treating pets too much like children may be hazardous to their health - at least when lawsuits are involved. Dozens of suits already have been filed related to the still-unfolding tainted-pet-food case. Those lawsuits raise again the difficult question of how courts should value the life of a pet. Many animal-rights activists argue that the death of a pet is analogous to the death of a child.
May 18, 2006 |
Several private investigators declined Stanford Douglas Jr.'s business before A-Plus Investigations Inc. charged him $150 for the address of his victim, the family of a murdered man claims in documents filed yesterday in Bucks County Court. For that, A-Plus - with offices in Burlington and Levittown - bears some responsibility for William Berkeyheiser's March 2005 murder, Berkeyheiser's widow, Viola, contends in the wrongful-death lawsuit. Douglas, 30, of Northeast Philadelphia, who also is named in the suit, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in December to killing his former supervisor over a perceived racial slur seven years earlier.
February 5, 2005 |
Two years after Lana Clarkson's death, her mother has filed a wrongful-death civil suit against rock producer Phil Spector - who has been charged with murdering Clarkson. Donna Clarkson's suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that on the day of Lana Clarkson's shooting, Spector "grabbed, hit, fought with, restrained and otherwise prevented [Lana Clarkson's] departure from his home. " It says Spector shot the B-movie actress shortly after the struggle. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, comes exactly two years after the Feb. 3, 2003, incident, just meeting the two-year statute of limitations on wrongful-death actions.
January 23, 2004 |
Twenty-nine-year-old Juan M. Gonzalez was simply doing his job on the afternoon of Nov. 7, 2000, when a dump-truck driver ran a stop sign, hit the trash truck in which Gonzalez was a passenger, and killed him. This week, a Chester County judge approved a $610,986 settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed in November 2002 by Gonzalez's widow, Rosa I. Granados, against both the driver who caused the accident, Gary C. Buckwalter, 62, of New...
June 3, 2003 |
The wrongful death suit filed against the University of Pennsylvania by the parents of Michael Tobin, a former Penn student, ended yesterday morning after both sides reached a settlement at City Hall. The lawsuit, which sought $5 million in damages, was brought in the death of Tobin, 26, who fell down an outside balcony staircase at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, 3619 Locust Walk, at 4 a.m. on March 21, 1999. The balcony was missing a handrail, and Jon and Jean Tobin sued the university, claiming it neglected to maintain the fraternity house, which it owned.
April 12, 2003 |
The death of W. Thacher Longstreth yesterday after more than 40 years of public service left family and friends in mourning. It also created a vacancy on City Council - and left simmering a bitter feud between his four adult children and his fiancee. Council President Anna C. Verna, who called Longstreth "part of the fabric of Philadelphia," said she had no plans to fill his vacant seat on Council, as the City Charter allows. Calling for a special election with the May 20 primary and Nov. 4 general election so close would be too costly and did not "seem like a prudent thing to do," her spokesman Robert Previdi said.
February 24, 2003 |
When the police broke down the door to Holly Wnorowski's Edgewater Park apartment, all that was left of her nightgown was the smoldering tag. It was her first night in the apartment, and Wnorowski, 31, had planned a quiet celebration amid the unpacked boxes. She had taken out a candle in a glass jar as she relaxed watching television. The first couple of clicks of the long-stemmed butane lighter produced nothing, she told police. The next click on the triggerlike switch created an explosion that set her nightgown ablaze, according to police reports of the February 2001 fire in Burlington County.
November 13, 2002 |
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Deptford School District contending that school officials were negligent for not protecting a teenage runner from sexual harassment by William Corsey 3d, her track coach. Corsey pleaded guilty in February to having sexual contact with two teenagers - including the girl who filed the suit - and is serving an eight-year sentence in state prison. Corsey's son, 19-year-old Billy Corsey, was convicted of murdering the boyfriend of the runner who filed the suit, and was sentenced last month to 40 years in prison.
August 17, 2002 |
Charlotte Gilmore said she thought her daughter was attending school regularly when all along she was dead. Only after 14-year-old Shanina Gilmore's body washed ashore in Margate, the mother said, did she learn that her daughter had been slain. Shanina was first discovered missing on Oct. 16, when Charlotte Gilmore when to Camden High School looking for her. She was reported missing the next day. At the time, Shanina was living at home and receiving daily lunch money from her mother, who worked a night shift and an early morning each day. Yesterday, a state Superior Court judge gave Gilmore permission to proceed with a lawsuit against the Camden School District and the state's Division of Youth and Family Services.