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April 16, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Minnesota Vikings kicker Donald Igwebuike pumped his fists in the air and broke into tears yesterday when a federal jury in Tampa, Fla., acquitted him in a scheme to import $1 million worth of heroin from his native Nigeria. Igwebuike, the first NFL player ever charged in a heroin-related case, could have faced up to 120 years in a federal prison and $6 million in fines if convicted of conspiracy and drug importation. "It's been rough - I went through hell," a teary-eyed Igwebuike said as he puffed a victory cigar outside the federal courthouse.
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July 11, 1997 | By Erin Einhorn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Bucks County jury swiftly rejected charges against a former Bucks County prison inmate who was accused of harassing a prison guard with late-night phone calls after her release from custody. During a brief trial Wednesday, a female prison guard described how her 15-year-old daughter answered the phone at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 27 to hear a woman, identifying herself as "Kathy," making inappropriate sexual remarks. The guard grabbed the phone and said she recognized the voice on the other end as that of Kathy Phillips, a former inmate whom she knew from the jail.
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January 10, 1986 | By Maida Odom, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Huntingdon Valley physician was acquitted yesterday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury of charges that he raped an emergency-room patient at Germantown Hospital. But the jurors, who began deliberating Monday, said they were deadlocked on charges of indecent exposure and indecent assault against Dr. Stuart Miller, 34, of the 3900 block of Berton Road. According to testimony at the trial, which began Dec. 10 before Judge John Chiovero, Miller was giving a registered nurse from Mount Airy a vaginal examination when he allegedly raped her. The victim, who said she had gone to Germantown Hospital because she was having stomach pains, was on an examining table with her feet in stirrups when the doctor began giving her what he termed a "bimanual examination.
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May 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Williams always said it was self-defense, even though he left behind two bodies in the Tioga rowhouse and set it on fire. On Wednesday, in its fifth day of deliberations, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury agreed, acquitting Williams, 26, of two counts of murder but finding him guilty of risking a catastrophe for the fire he set in the kitchen of the house in the 1700 block of Erie Avenue. Williams agreed to be immediately sentenced, and Judge Glenn B. Bronson imposed a 31/2- to 7-year prison term.
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May 24, 2010
A Philadelphia judge on Monday acquitted six New York City antiwar protesters charged criminally Sept. 12 in a demonstration outside the U.S. Army's high-tech Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall. Defense attorney Paul J. Hetznecker said Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon acquitted the six of charges of conspiracy and failure to disperse during a protest by about 200 demonstrators at the Army exhibit and recruiting center. Hetznecker said video of the six activists showed them disbanding and leaving before they were arrested.
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June 28, 1996 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Bucks County jury yesterday rejected a teenager's claims that starting when she was 11 years old, she repeatedly performed oral sex on her neighbor in exchange for cigarettes and permission to drive his black Cougar sports car. Howard Born, 39, maintained that he never had sexual contact with the girl, now 16, whose name is being withheld by the Inquirer. He testified he thought she had fabricated the charges to get back at him because she thought he called police on her and her boyfriend.
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October 23, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The judge got the picture, and acquitted two accused drug dealers of sales and conspiracy charges last week. Defense lawyer Daniel M. Preminger produced photos of the area of 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue, and argued that it was impossible for a police officer to have seen drug transactions from the spot he said he was on March 14, 1994. "The building line is too far out," the attorney said. Preminger also showed that most of the $338 found on his client, Saleem Sisco, 42, of 58th Street near Ellsworth, came from a disability check for $316 he had cashed that day. When Common Pleas Judge Howland W. Abramson cleared co-defendant Vanessa Hunter, 38, of Walton Avenue near 48th Street, he noted that the arresting officer had not written down Hunter's alleged admission to selling drugs.
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October 26, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The "law of the street" won out yesterday, a prosecutor contended, when a city judge acquitted two youths in a drug-related murder case. Common Pleas Judge C. Darnell Jones said he had "no choice" but to acquit Ahmed Holmes, 17, of 43rd Street near Pennsgrove, and Alfred Garfield, 20, of 43rd Street near Westminster Avenue, of murder, conspiracy and weapons charges. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington said prosecution witnesses who had told police that Holmes and Garfield were part of a gang that shot and killed Donyell Davis, 21, on Ogden Street near 41st, in April 1995, had changed their stories in court.
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June 30, 1997 | By Erin Einhorn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Just before 1 a.m. Nov. 5, Joseph Potzer was in a back bedroom with his girlfriend, he said, when a barrage of bullets in quick succession riddled his house and car. Although police found a machine gun and four other weapons in the house and a gun holster on his shoulder, Potzer denied that he was the one who opened fire that morning, rousing seven of his Levittown neighbors to call 911 in a panic. His girlfriend, now his wife, Vivian Martin, also denied that she was involved, though police found spent bullet casings in her pockets.
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August 19, 1993 | By Christopher Durso, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An Aston man accused of fondling a 7-year-old girl eight years ago was acquitted after a one-day, non-jury trial in Delaware County Court yesterday. Minutes after hearing closing arguments from attorneys, Judge Joseph Battle found John R. Patrick, 65, of the 4700 block of Park Lane, not guilty of indecent assault and corrupting the morals of children. Patrick, a retired Bell Telephone employee and former bus driver with the Garnet Valley School District, was charged in January with fondling the girl, now 15, on various occasions at his home in 1985 and 1986.
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August 24, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE YESTERDAY acquitted three defendants who are members of the "Moorish Nation" of all or most charges stemming from an incident that happened in Family Court when the three refused to stand up, raise their hands and be sworn in during a court proceeding. Members of the "Moorish Nation" consider themselves not subject to the jurisdiction of local courts. At the end of yesterday's trial, Municipal Judge David Shuter acquitted Janaya Pulliam, 32, and Alexis Sloan, also 32, of misdemeanor charges of defiant trespass and conspiracy.
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August 2, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
POLICE OFFICER Linwood Norman, one of the six narcotics officers acquitted of corruption charges, will go after several city officials for allegedly defaming him. Norman will pursue monetary damages in a civil case, according to a legal document filed on Thursday. The suit will be based on comments made following the corruption allegations against him and other narcotics officers. In May, a jury found the narcotics squad not guilty of charges that they robbed and beat drug dealers.
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July 29, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
After winning back their freedom and their jobs, five former members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad - acquitted earlier this year on federal corruption charges - have set their sights on new targets: The district attorney, the mayor, and the city's police commissioner. The three city leaders unfairly maligned the officers and made accusations that led to their firings and arrests last year, Officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, and John Speiser alleged in a defamation complaint filed Friday in federal court.
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July 12, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six former Philadelphia police officers acquitted of corruption charges by a federal jury in May have won their jobs back through arbitration, a spokesman for Mayor Nutter confirmed Friday. Mark McDonald, the mayor's press secretary, said the former narcotics officers - Michael Spicer, Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser - will get $90,000 in back pay and have their original badges returned. McDonald said five of the officers would be assigned to districts and would not return to the Narcotics Field Unit.
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July 2, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE JURY was not out long on this one. Two days of testimony in the perjury trial of former Philadelphia Police Officer Steven Lupo ended with a 'not guilty' verdict after about 45 minutes of deliberation. Lupo, accompanied by his tearful wife and supporters, said he was "very thankful" following the verdict. "The jury made the right decision," he said. "I'm very humbled by it. " The defense and prosecution took turns arguing whether Lupo, a six-year veteran who lost his job following the charges, had made an error due to bad memory or had intentionally given false testimony about a 2011 arrest.
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July 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After deliberating just 45 minutes, a Philadelphia jury on Tuesday acquitted former Police Officer Steven Lupo of charges that he lied under oath about a warrantless 2011 search of a drug suspect's car. Lupo, 38, fought back tears as he and his wife, Valerie, left the courtroom after the Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men announced its verdict. "I'm just thankful the jury made the right decision," said Lupo, who testified in his defense. "I'm very humbled by it. " The verdict is not the end of Lupo's legal problems.
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July 2, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE YESTERDAY acquitted a man of assaulting a cop, making him the third and final family member to be cleared of charges stemming from an incident last fall outside a West Philly hospital. Common Pleas Judge Vincent Melchiorre acquitted Frederick Thomas, 52, of charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person after a bench trial. On Oct. 25, Thomas was outside Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, at 54th Street and Cedar Avenue, with other family members to help commit his nephew Brian Thomas to the hospital for psychiatric care.
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