Judge Jeffrey Minehart
A Philadelphia jury has found Christina Regusters guilty of kidnapping a five-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia kindergarten class, molesting her, then leaving her in an Upper Darby playground.
The five-year-old victim, blindfolded during most of her kidnap ordeal, has testified that she was aware of three people: the disguised woman who kidnapped her, a man, and another woman who identified herself as “China.”
Judge Jeffrey Minehart, who normally handles high-profile homicide trials, presided in the Center Court of the historic market for Valentine’s Day weddings.
Judge Jeffrey Minehart sentenced 56-year-old Eileen O’Neill on her conspiracy and theft convictions.
Lawyers in the case had an in-chambers conversation with Judge Jeffrey Minehart about TV crews taking pictures of jurors, apparently inadvertently, as they left the Criminal Justice Center on Monday.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday, followed by jury deliberations.
The judge overseeing the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell said there was insufficient evidence in some of the cases.
Judge Jeffrey Minehart — the man with the most romantic name on the bench — has become the designated Valentine’s day wedding officiator.
Judge Jeffrey Minehart on Monday told the jury to ignore the testimony of Donnell Murchison because of his refusal to answer the majority of questions, depriving the defense of its right to cross-examine him.
In an unusual move for unspecified security reasons, Philadelphia judge Jeffrey Minehart cleared his courtroom in the Criminal Justice Center before taking a guilty plea.