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April 10, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TATTOOS WERE everywhere in Courtroom 608 yesterday. Men with dollar signs on their hands sat by women with stars on their cheekbones in the Criminal Justice Center. Some had lips on their necks and roses peeking out from their cleavage, and at least one man had a tattoo inside his ear that just looked like engine grease. Gary Valecce, 53, sat in the gallery with them all, the right sleeve of his jacket pulled up to reveal a dark tattoo with hints of blue and emerald green from his elbow to his wrist.
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July 29, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
When the South Philadelphia father found out in 1993 that Bernard Jefferson, 34, had raped one of his daughters and molested another while baby- sitting, he wanted street justice. The man confronted Jefferson, and the two fought, said Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich yesterday. Ehrlich didn't get the fight results, but he knew that police later arrested Jefferson for the sex attacks that had occurred in May 1991. And yesterday Jefferson was sentenced to prison.
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August 9, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
When Darryl Bell was about to be sentenced for forcing a young girl to have sex with him, he asked the judge to "consider my record. " Bell, 51, wasn't talking about his criminal record, which showed he was on parole for the 1961 murder of a Germantown grocer. What he wanted Common Pleas Judge Joseph T. Murphy to consider was how he educated himself in prison and became a minister. Murphy told Bell he had abused his opportunity at freedom when he engaged in sex with the girl and had to be punished.
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June 20, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norristown man was sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison Wednesday for a series of knifepoint rapes in Kensington. Insisting he was innocent, Marcos Camacho interrupted his interpreter, lawyer Alfonso Gambone, and Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich and vowed to appeal. "I have a strong belief that there was not justice," Camacho said, switching from Spanish to heavily accented English. "I strongly believe I never received a fair trial. " Camacho, 32, said he was a victim of corrupt police and prosecutors and lying victims.
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May 18, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The North Philadelphia woman told the judge that her rapist has AIDS, and she fears for her safety. "I'll be worried about it for the rest of my life," she said at Lewis Henderson's sentencing hearing before Common Pleas Judge David N. Savitt last week. "He didn't have to do that to me," the victim, 33, sighed. "I feel sorry for myself. " Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich confirmed Henderson's medical condition, and said the woman recently tested negative for AIDS.
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September 12, 1987 | By JOANNE SILLS, Daily News Staff Writer
A 16-year veteran of the Police Department was convicted yesterday on morals charges stemming from a relationship he had with a 13-year-old North Philadelphia girl whose family he had befriended, the district attorney's office said. Detective Charles Pflugfelder, 41, of Germantown was found guilty by Common Pleas Judge Tama-Myers Clark of corrupting the morals of a minor, a first- degree misdemeanor, according to Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich. Pflugfelder, who was fired after the charges were filed, will be given psychological tests before his sentencing in December.
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August 1, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Four teen-age boys yesterday were convicted of taking part in the gang- attack on two men in separate incidents near the Art Museum on June 30. Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich described the attacks, which occurred 10 minutes apart, as "animal-like. These were wolf-pack attacks. " Convicted of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy charges were Kenneth Bell, 16, of 23rd Street near Carpenter; Bradley Poole, 16, of Poplar Street near 19th; Benjamin Green, 16, of Girard Avenue near 20th Street; and Walter Dockery, 15, of Cambridge Street near 19th.
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March 24, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The judge said she was horrified that a man would punish his girlfriend's 3-year-old son by dipping him into scalding water. So horrified she put the boyfriend, Andres Burgos, 26, away for 13 to 26 years to ponder his deed. The boy, now 5, suffered third- degree burns on his buttocks and genitals. "Both parents are responsible," said Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes in imposing sentence on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and related charges in the Aug. 5, 1997, incident.
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November 13, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The prosecutor told a judge that an accused rapist and members of his family have engaged in "a pattern of harassment" against the alleged victim, and he threatened to arrest them. Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich said the defendant, Steven Castillo, 28, of 5th Street near Tioga, and at least two relatives, even tried to prevent the 43-year-old victim from getting to court for a preliminary hearing yesterday. They failed, and Castillo was ordered to stand trial on rape and assault charges.
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April 11, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Will accused child molester Edward I. Savitz be allowed to enter a West Philadelphia facility for psychiatric care, and treatment for AIDS? That question will be answered next week, when a three-judge state Superior Court panel decides whether to reduce his $4 million bail. Defense lawyers Barnaby Wittels and Stephen LaCheen yesterday asked the court to grant "reasonable bail," so the 50-year-old Center City man can be moved from the Detention Center to the medical facility.
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April 10, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TATTOOS WERE everywhere in Courtroom 608 yesterday. Men with dollar signs on their hands sat by women with stars on their cheekbones in the Criminal Justice Center. Some had lips on their necks and roses peeking out from their cleavage, and at least one man had a tattoo inside his ear that just looked like engine grease. Gary Valecce, 53, sat in the gallery with them all, the right sleeve of his jacket pulled up to reveal a dark tattoo with hints of blue and emerald green from his elbow to his wrist.
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January 28, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER ALL THE ups and downs of ex-cop Richard DeCoatsworth's life, the highlight of yesterday's sentencing hearing on his simple-assault conviction was a demand by his father for an apology from prosecutors, and a judge's comments finding that demand "outrageous. " Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich sentenced DeCoatsworth, 28, to 18 months' probation and ordered him to undergo counseling. A jury in November convicted DeCoatsworth of simple assault for striking his then-girlfriend, Sadie Martinez, during an argument May 9, 2013, at the Port Richmond home they shared.
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March 14, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RICHARD DeCoatsworth was once called a hero cop after surviving a shotgun blast to the face. Now the disgraced ex-cop is more like a drama king - one who really annoyed Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich yesterday. Rather than plead guilty to promoting prostitution and related counts - as was expected - the jailed DeCoatsworth instead accused a city prosecutor of spewing lies about him, attempted to justify ignoring Ehrlich's order to submit to a presentencing mental-health exam and apparently decided to withdraw his guilty plea after all. DeCoatsworth, 28, in a blue business suit, his bullet-scarred lower face covered by a thick growth of beard, stood and claimed that Assistant District Attorney Ashley Lynam had told "lie after lie after lie" about him. He said he refused to take the mental-health exam because his lawyer had been barred from being with him. But Ehrlich said that that was not true, and that arrangements had been made for DeCoatsworth's lawyer to attend the testing session earlier this week.
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March 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
George E. Ehrlich, 85, of Philadelphia, an internationally renowned rheumatologist and adviser to the World Health Organization, died Friday, Feb. 28, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Arden Courts in King of Prussia. Dr. Ehrlich made his mark in Philadelphia as the director of rheumatology and chief of the Arthritis Center at Einstein Medical Center and Moss Rehabilitation Hospital from 1964 to 1980. But his influence went further. An international authority on rehabilitative management of rheumatic conditions, Dr. Ehrlich was trained in the post-World War II era, when the field of rheumatology was focused on discovering the cause of damage to the joints.
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July 14, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman accused of stealing a Philadelphia police car in March as part of a drug-induced crime spree with her boyfriend pleaded guilty to all charges Friday. The plea came after Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich denied Shayna Sykes' motion to quash aggravated-assault charges. Ehrlich set sentencing for Sept. 16. Assistant District Attorney Gaetano D'Andrea said Sykes faced a mandatory one to two years in prison because she had several convictions for driving under the influence.
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July 3, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A JUDGE YESTERDAY told ex-hero cop Richard DeCoatsworth that guns, drugs and the desire to be a security service for prostitutes was a "potent mixture" that led to his being charged with rape, sexual assault and related offenses. Still, Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich agreed to the defense's request that DeCoatsworth's bail be reduced, despite arguments from the prosecution that he has engaged in witness tampering and poses a threat outside of jail. Ehrlich reduced DeCoatsworth's bail from $60 million to $3 million on three cases, which include accusations of rape against two women and allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in May. The allegations come six years after DeCoatsworth, then a rookie cop, was lauded in 2007 for chasing a suspect who shot him in the face during a traffic stop.
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July 3, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gagging the lawyers and sternly warning the defendant, a Philadelphia judge on Monday cut from $60 million to $3 million the bail for accused rapist and former Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich called "excessive" the $60 million bail that has kept DeCoatsworth, 27, behind bars since his May 18 arrest. He is charged with raping two women after allegedly threatening them with a gun and plying them with drugs. Ehrlich's ruling means the former hero officer may be released pending trial after posting $300,000 - 10 percent of bail - in cash or property.
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June 20, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norristown man was sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison Wednesday for a series of knifepoint rapes in Kensington. Insisting he was innocent, Marcos Camacho interrupted his interpreter, lawyer Alfonso Gambone, and Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich and vowed to appeal. "I have a strong belief that there was not justice," Camacho said, switching from Spanish to heavily accented English. "I strongly believe I never received a fair trial. " Camacho, 32, said he was a victim of corrupt police and prosecutors and lying victims.
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June 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia grand jury will investigate the case against Richard DeCoatsworth, the former police officer once hailed as a hero and now charged with sexually assaulting two women and holding them captive. Word of the prosecutor's decision to use the grand jury in the case against DeCoatsworth, 27, came at a hearing Monday at which defense attorney L. George Parry asked a judge to reduce the former officer's $60 million bail. "His bail of $60 million may be the highest bail we've ever seen in the history of the commonwealth," Parry told Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich.
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July 30, 2009 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thomas Scantling has not yet entered a plea in the unprovoked Sept. 4 hammer attack on a sleeping Broad Street subway passenger, but yesterday he apologized anyway, telling a Philadelphia judge that he wanted to accept responsibility for "my actions. " "I was off my medications," Scantling, 27, told Municipal Court President Judge Marsha H. Neifield in unusual pretrial remarks. "But now I see clearly, and I want to take responsibility for my actions. " Scantling's brief statement came at the end of a session in which he waived his right to a preliminary hearing on attempted-murder and assault charges in the attack on Dewayne Taylor, a lab worker on his way home from work.
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