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

Posted: August 08, 2014

IN A SOFT, quivering voice, former Philadelphia Police Lt. Aisha Perry "humbly" apologized in court yesterday for her fiery attack in June 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 had convinced Common Pleas Judge Earl Trent to put Perry in jail instead of on house arrest - the sentence he gave to her contrite co-defendant, former cop George Suarez, 56.

Perry, who had been with the Police Department for 31 years, was sentenced June 12 to six to 23 months in county jail, five years' probation and a $5,000 fine, and was ordered to pay $5,296 in restitution for the utility services she ripped off.

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

Trent let his original sentence stand, but said Perry's apology was sufficient, then granted her immediate early parole.

Perry, her head wrapped in a white scarf, her hands cuffed, stood to say: "I humbly apologize to your honor and his honorable court. I'm very sorry, your honor."

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."

Defense attorney Tariq Karim El-Shabazz said that although he didn't 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 nine to 23 months, said she respects Trent's ruling.

In June, Perry had thundered that 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."

Perry was convicted of tampering with meters to steal gas and electric services at her Northeast home and at another property she co-owned with Suarez.

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