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January 8, 1993
Deploying 65 police officers for the pre-dawn arrest Wednesday of a couple of alleged cop killers may have struck some Philadelphians as excessive. Would the police be half so zealous if an ordinary citizen had been murdered instead? But something far larger than tribal loyalty is at work here. The police place themselves at constant risk in their mission of keeping the city as safe as possible for the rest of us. When an officer is shot and the killer escapes, the system itself is placed at risk.
NEWS
December 7, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
A man who killed a police officer while he was out on parole for murdering his parents was put to death yesterday. Daniel Hittle, 50, was the 39th person to get a lethal injection in Texas this year. Hittle was condemned for killing police officer Gerald Walker of Garland, Texas, during a traffic stop on Nov. 15, 1989. He was convicted only of that crime, but police said that after shooting Walker in the chest with a shotgun, Hittle went to the house of his alleged drug dealer and killed four other people, including a four-year-old girl.
NEWS
July 1, 1991 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
One juror meant the difference between life and death for convicted cop killer Michael "Spock" LaCava. Because one woman insisted on resuming deliberations when the rest of the jurors wanted to call it quits, the 26-year-old LaCava was sentenced over the weekend to die by lethal injection for the murder of Police Officer Joaquin "Jack" Montijo in June 1990. "Obviously she made a difference," Assistant District Attorney Joel Rosen said yesterday. "The jury would have come out hung.
NEWS
September 14, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Convicted cop killer Warren "Steady B" McGlone told the appeals court that evidence that he was involved in the 1996 murder of Police Officer Lauretha Vaird is "virtually nonexistent. " But the state Superior Court sharply disagreed last week. "Contrary to McGlone's claims, the evidence against him is far from nonexistent," said the court. "It is overwelming. " In denying McGlone's appeal to overturn his second-degree murder conviction and life sentence, Judge Phyllis W. Beck said McGlone, 28, was "the driver of the getaway car," and noted that he "made a complete confesssion . . . " Beck also pointed out that "a gun found at the scene was purchased for him" by a female friend.
NEWS
July 21, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, 215-854-5949
A Philadelphia judge this morning struck from the record testimony given by accused cop killer Eric Deshann Floyd after he refused to answer the prosecutor's questions. Floyd, 35, one of two men on trial for the May 3, 2008 murder of police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, denied taking part in the killing and denied taking part in two home invasions in the weeks leading up to the officer's death. Floyd fell silent after Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy continued to press him about his involvement in the crimes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1992 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story includes information from the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times and USA Today
Ice-T has agreed not to perform "Cop Killer" at a concert next week in San Diego after an appeal by the director of Jack Murphy Stadium, the gig's venue. Bill Wilson, also an ex-cop, told promoters that the rapper should either be dropped from Wednesday's show or be forbidden to perform the song. He noted: "We've got several hundred police officers working this event and I just don't think that's an appropriate song. " More than 230 San Diego cops will be part of the security force at the show, which includes appearances by Metallica and Guns N' Roses.
NEWS
June 7, 1991 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
Accused cop killer Edward Bracey was held for trial yesterday in the slaying of Police Officer Kevin Boyle, and then, a few hours later, was ordered to stand trial in another homicide that occurred about two weeks before Boyle was shot to death. Common Pleas Judge Martin Bashoff ordered Bracey and two co-defendants to stand trial in the Jan. 19 murder of Derek Neal Barnes, also known as Derek Neal Holley, 21, of 13th Street near Elder, North Philadelphia. The trio allegedly suspected Barnes of stealing from the girlfriend of one of the defendants.
NEWS
February 8, 1995 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
On a day nothing really happened in the murder trial of accused cop-killer Borgela Philistin: He tells the judge in the 11th hour that his lawyer is crummy, and he wants him off the case. And no, he doesn't want to take the stand in his own defense. The judge gets mad that Philistin keeps insisting on a new lawyer. She raises her voice and wags her finger at him. The defense attorney gets mad, and barks at Philistin to "shut up. " He tells the judge he'd love to be off the case.
NEWS
July 23, 1992 | BY PETE DEXTER
It is not my intention today to make the case that Charlton Heston is a deep thinker, but, giving the man his due, when he spoke last week before Time Warner's annual shareholders' meeting about that company's continued marketing and sale of the album "Body Count," specifically the song "Cop Killer," he did find his way to the heart of the entertainment world's hypocrisy. And that is sorting through a lot of garbage to find Grandma's dentures. As you probably know, Time Warner has been under pressure from various police organizations to take the album, in which rapper Ice-T romanticizes the assassination of police officers, off the shelves of record stores where impressionable children are likely to find them.
NEWS
October 11, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a break for Columbus Day, a Common Pleas Court judge, the prosecution, and defense lawyers will try again this week to complete a jury for the death penalty trial of Rasheed Scrugs, accused killer of Police Officer John Pawlowski. Last week, eight jurors were chosen from more than 350 prospects called to the Criminal Justice Center. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes had said she hoped to begin testimony Tuesday, but the pace flagged, with just one juror picked since Thursday. A panel of 12 and four alternates is required.
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NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Ben Finley, and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
HAWLEY, Pa. - Eric Frein, the captured suspected cop-killer who for six weeks was the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, on Friday was ordered held without bail on murder charges. Frein, his hair slicked back and sporting a goatee and bruises on the cheeks, nose, and eyes, answered politely as Pike County District Judge Shannon Muir asked if he understood the charges against him and the purpose of the arraignment in the packed, one-room 19th Century courthouse.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) urged a Vermont college Thursday to revoke its invitation to have Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker, blasting the decision to give the platform to a convicted cop killer. "Is there any crime so heinous that Goddard would not reward the perpetrator with a spot as commencement speaker?" Toomey asked in his letter to Robert Kenny, the interim president of tiny Goddard College. On Sunday afternoon the school is scheduled to have Abu-Jamal address 20 graduates in a prerecorded speech from prison.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Police hunting for alleged cop killer Eric Frein continued Monday to prevent some residents from leaving or getting to their homes in the search area of Barrett and Price Townships in Monroe County. Emil Rolando, 68, said late Monday morning that he and his wife have not been able to leave their house for three days. And that's a problem, because they are running out of the milk and eggs Rolando's wife needs for a special high-protein diet. A friend of Rolando's, who had to spend the night because he could not return to his own house, also needs to get home to get his medicine for high blood pressure and low insulin.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Heavily armed police - now from New York and New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania - continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County where they believe alleged cop killer Eric Frein is moving on foot under the cover of dense forest. Gov. Corbett said at a news conference Monday that he was "confident that we would be able to apprehend this individual. " "He's out in those woods right now," Corbett said. "My thoughts are constantly with those people right now, who are looking for this individual.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
GOV. CORBETT took the next step yesterday in bringing the ultimate punishment to the confessed killer of Officer Chuck Cassidy. But there's still a long road of bureaucracy ahead in that tragic case, authorities said. Corbett signed the execution warrant for Lewis Jordan, 27, who was convicted in 2009 of shooting Cassidy in the head during the robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts in West Oak Lane in 2007. Jordan has been on death row since his conviction, but sources close to Corbett say the governor took the earliest opportunity available to sign the order.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The District Attorney's Office will appeal a Philadelphia judge's decision this month to vacate the death sentence of convicted cop-killer Edward Bracey. A jury sentenced Bracey, now 50, to death in 1992 for shooting and killing rookie patrol officer Danny Boyle after a traffic pursuit in North Philadelphia. Bracey, a paroled felon, told police at the time that he shot Boyle to keep from going back to prison. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has twice affirmed Bracey's death sentence, rejecting claims that he had ineffective counsel.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IN ALL likelihood, the three men who were involved with the slaying of Officer Frederick Cione Jr. have stopped running by now. It's been nearly 44 years since Cione, a 25-year-old rookie cop, was gunned down, 44 years since the shooter and his two accomplices - none of whom were ever identified - hit the bricks under the cover of the early morning darkness in North Philly, where Cione had tried to stop and question them. Did the killer and his pals leave the city and try to pretend as if the whole thing never happened?
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
  PHILADELPHIA Edward Bracey had decided he was not going back to jail - and that no officer would stand in his way. Driving a stolen Buick that February night in 1991, with a 9mm pistol in his lap, the wanted felon told a cohort: "No cop's going to thump on me. " So, when Bracey crashed his vehicle at Eighth Street and Germantown Avenue while evading a traffic stop, Bracey jumped out and leaped onto the hood of rookie patrolman Daniel Boyle's...
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
The latest documentary about Pennsylvania's most famous inmate is called Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abu-Jamal . Which is fitting. Because the longer the distance from Philadelphia, the deeper the convicted cop killer's support tends to be. In England, journalist Tariq Ali suggests Abu-Jamal should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In France, he gets a street, a stamp, the first honorary citizenship of Paris since Pablo Picasso. Stephen Vittoria's movie, which opened Friday, is a compelling and powerful work, though perhaps not for the reasons the director intended.
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