Archive: March, 2013
The resume is impressive.
Only child of a middle-class Philadelphia family, 1959 graduate of Central High School, undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College. A medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia followed by four decades of practicing community medicine among the poor including the creation of a drug half-way house in Mantua and a teen aid program.
Married with six children including a professor at a storied New England university, a surgeon in San Francisco, aspiring actor in Los Angeles, a college student and teenager in high school as well as a woman brought into the house as a child and raised as their daughter.
In the beginning, there was anti-abortion and pro-abortion.
Then, in the years after 1973’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, semantics and politics took over and anti-abortion became “pro-life” and pro-abortion became “pro-choice.”
Two weeks spent watching jury selection for the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell makes me wonder if the terminology is evolving again.
As “Law & Order” has taught a generation of television viewers, “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders.”
Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Andrei Govorov is going to have to pick a team.
Last Thursday evening, Govorov’s decision to intervene in a loud, escalating confrontation on the Broad Street Subway ended with him being assaulted but also managing to restrain his attacker in a head-lock until SEPTA police arrived to make the arrest.
When a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury on Tuesday acquitted all 12 Occupy Philadelphia protesters arrested in a 2011 Center City bank sit-in, it was a personal vindication for the defendants.
For the seven lawyers who represented the 12 for 16 months -- free of charge -- it was a professional vindication of the concept of “pro bono” representation and the work of what became known as the Occupy Philadelphia Legal Collective.
The Occupy demonstrators were charged with conspiracy and defiant trespass in the Nov. 18, 2011 sit-in inside a Wells Fargo Bank branch at 17th and Market Streets in Center City.