Mouthy ex-cop "humbly" apologizes to get out of jail

Posted: August 08, 2014

In a soft, quivering voice, former Philadelphia police lieutenant Aisha Perry "humbly" apologized in court Thursday for her June fiery attack on the city prosecutor who convinced a jury to convict her of stealing utility services.

Perry's unbridled rant against Assistant District Attorney Terri Domsky, in turn, convinced Common Pleas Judge Earl Trent to put Perry in jail instead of on house arrest - the sentence he gave her contrite co-defendant, former cop George Suarez.

Perry, who had been with the police department for 31 years, on June 12 was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in county jail, five years of probation, a $5,000 fine and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,296 for the utility services she ripped off.

Perry, 55, apparently having been broken by nearly two months in jail, had no fire in her Thursday. Instead, she offered only soft, well-chosen words during a motion hearing during which her attorney asked Trent to reconsider her sentence.

While Trent let his original sentence stand, he said her apology was sufficient, then granted Perry immediate early parole.

Before making his ruling, Trent told Domsky and defense attorney Tariq Karim El-Shabazz to keep their remarks short - under two minutes - because he had heard everything they had to say at the June sentencing hearing.

Then it was Perry's time to speak. Her head wrapped in a white scarf, her hands cuffed, the disgraced ex-officer stood up.

"I humbly apologize to your Honor and his honorable court. I'm very sorry your Honor," Perry said, adding that she had also been selfish to her family by getting herself locked up.

She noted that while in jail she was unable to be there for her husband, who had surgery, and missed her child's graduation.

When Trent asked Perry about the May jury verdict that found her guilty of theft of services, risking a catastrophe and conspiracy, Perry said: "I respect the jury verdict. It is the bedrock of our justice system."

"All right," Trent said. "That's good enough for me."

El-Shabazz said that while he did not talk to Perry about what she should say during the hearing, he believed she got the message from being in jail.

"Time has a way of wising us all up, and I think she understood the position she was in, and she understood what she needed to do to change that set of circumstances," he said.

Domsky, who in June, asked that Perry be jailed for 9 to 23 months, said she respects Trent's ruling.

Of Perry, she said: "I think she was much more soft spoken. I think the fire seems to have gone out."

At the June hearing Perry thundered that Domsky had based her case on flawed theory and had tried to give the jury the false impression that she and Suarez, 56, were dating. She insisted she was not guilty and was being picked on for having been a whistle blower in the police department.

She called Domsky a "liar," and "that woman" who "is jealous of my lifestyle. She doesn't think I should have the things that I have," Perry said in June.

"I have the highest esteem and the highest respect for this court," Perry said. "I do not respect her."

Perry was convicted of tampering with meters to steal gas and electric services at her home on Winchester Avenue near Narvon Street, in the Northeast, and at a rehabilitation center called Clean and Sober Residents, on Girard Avenue near 19th Street, in North Philadelphia. She co-owned the center with Suarez.


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