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Williams leaving the James A. Byrne federal courthouse in Philadelphia after his May 11 arraignment on additional corruption charges.

Williams’ Fate Hangs in the Balance as Trial Starts Monday

P.J. D'Annunzio | June 16, 2017

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams had a bright future in front of him as a former rising star once considered to be a contender for mayor, or even governor. Now his future, and his freedom, will be put in the hands of a jury weighing the facts in his federal corruption case.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, at a hearing Jan. 26, 2016.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Convicted on All Charges

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  • US Spaces, Inc. v. Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices, PICS Case No. 17-0877 (Pa. Super. June 5, 2017) Panella, J. (7 pages).

    Trial court erred in relying on a local rule in denying appellant's petition to vacate an arbitration award and not issuing a rule to show cause because the local rule constrained the discretion of the trial court and appellant's petition, alleging that it was denied the right to an opportunity to be heard when the arbitration panel decided the matter without a hearing, was not insufficient as a matter of law. Reversed.

  • Lechowicz v. Moser, PICS Case No. 17-0959 (Pa. Super. May 31, 2017) Ransom, J. (11 pages).

    Trial court erred in holding that appellant's petition to open and/or stay a judgment was time-barred because there was no notice of execution and the promptness requirement of rule 2959 did not attach but appellant's argument that the note constituted an extension of credit by appellee lacked merit and his bald assertion that the legal fees involved were unreasonable did not provide the basis for a meritorious defense. Affirmed.

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