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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 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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December 2, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Joseph Billa, 43, claimed an 18-year-old relative had falsely accused him of rape. He said he didn't know why she had made the charge. Jurors believed him. After defense lawyer Nino V. Tinari argued that there was no corroboration of the woman's accusation, Billa was acquitted of rape and related charges this week. The woman appeared to be furious. She and her mother stormed out of Judge Anthony J. DeFino's courtroom after the verdict. "There is no question she was upset," said Tinari.
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July 21, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County jury on Tuesday convicted a Philadelphia man in the murder of his ex-girlfriend's father, but acquitted a friend who also was on trial for the September home-invasion. Naadir Abdul-Ali, 21, will serve a mandatory life sentence for his conviction of second-degree murder in the killing of Kevin Brown, of Lower Moreland Township. Co-defendant Desmond Smith, 21, also of Philadelphia, walked smiling from the courtroom after he was acquitted of all charges. During the 11-day trial Smith's attorney presented an alibi defense and video footage from SEPTA's Market-Frankford line, suggesting that Smith was riding the train at the time of the murder.
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June 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A federal judge this week dismissed a defamation lawsuit against former Mayor Michael Nutter and two top city law enforcement officials filed by narcotics officers who were acquitted in a high-profile corruption case. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond on Monday ruled in favor of Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, and former Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, writing in a 16-page memorandum that the officers' complaint "reads more like a news release than a pleading. " Six of the plaintiffs - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, John Speiser, and Linwood Norman - were accused of a conspiracy to rob and extort money from drug dealers.
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May 12, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Two North Philadelphia brothers accused of shooting and seriously wounding an 11-year-old bystander to avenge a street fight have been acquitted of all charges. A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated for about 21/2 hours Monday before acquitting Marcellus Temple, 27, and Jalaal Spady, 18, of aggravated assault, attempted murder, and two gun counts in the April 6, 2014, shooting that wounded Kashie Crawford. For Spady, Monday was the first time he had been out of jail since he was charged at age 16, defense attorney Leon D. Goodman said.
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April 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
In 2014, Kareem Alleyne was acquitted of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer by hitting him with his car. On Monday, Alleyne's lawyers told a jury that he never should have been charged with vehicular homicide in the first place. They said police investigators overlooked or downplayed damning evidence against their deceased colleague, including that the officer, Marc Brady, had been stalking and harassing Alleyne for dating his ex-girlfriend. "They had made up their minds," said lawyer Lori Mach.
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April 13, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia man who said he fatally shot his troubled daughter's boyfriend, believing he was an intruder, was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter Monday by a Philadelphia judge. The acquittal of Charles Jordan by Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi touched off an explosion of emotion in a courtroom packed with more than 70 supporters of Jordan and the man he shot, Marc Carrion. "Murderer," said Carrion's mother, Gloria Moyett, before she and other friends and relatives were shouted into silence by sheriff's deputies.
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April 13, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
In a courtroom overflowing with police and supporters, a jury on Monday acquitted two former Philadelphia police officers of beating and falsely prosecuting a Fairhill man who fled on his motor scooter after a traffic stop and led them on a pursuit driving the wrong way on busy Lehigh Avenue. Former Officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson left the Common Pleas Court room in the embraces of fellow 25th District officers and amid the tears of relieved relatives. Robinson's wife, Amanda, who was pregnant with their now 2-year-old daughter when he and McKnight were charged in the 2013 arrest of Najee Rivera, wept as she hugged and kissed her husband.
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April 10, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A jury on Friday acquitted a former Philadelphia police officer on charges of spouting racial epithets and threatening to kill an African American man during a predawn traffic incident almost three years ago in South Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men - including three African Americans - had spent about eight hours since Thursday afternoon reviewing evidence before returning the verdict for Edward Sawicki III. The jury could not reach verdicts on two other misdemeanor charges - simple assault and a weapons count - dealing with whether Sawicki pulled up his shirt during his confrontation with Lamar Fouse and displayed his service pistol in a threatening manner.
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March 5, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
A sense of relief washed over Ary Sloane's face Thursday after a Philadelphia jury found the former teacher, ensnared in a test-cheating scandal, not guilty of three of four charges she faced. "Today was a great day for justice. I really appreciate what the jury did, and I really appreciate how the criminal justice system worked for this innocent woman, whose only crime was to be working at a place where bad people were administrators," her attorney, Michael Coard, said after leaving the courtroom.
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December 11, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a verdict that stunned courtroom spectators, a Philadelphia jury on Wednesday acquitted a South Philadelphia man charged in the 2008 slaying of aspiring Minnesota teacher Beau Zabel in a robbery that netted an iPod. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated three hours before acquitting Marcellus Jones of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and two gun charges. Jones, 37, is already serving life in prison without parole in a murder connected to the Zabel slaying.
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