April 16, 1991 |
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.
July 11, 1997 |
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.
January 10, 1986 |
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.
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.
June 28, 1996 |
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.
October 23, 1995 |
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.
October 26, 1996 |
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.
June 30, 1997 |
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.
August 19, 1993 |
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.
December 2, 2000 |
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.