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April 21, 2004 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for rapper Beanie Sigel, charged with attempted murder in a West Philadelphia shooting last year, rested their case yesterday without calling a single witness. Instead, defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. sought to demolish the prosecution's case in a dramatic, 20-minute closing argument to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury. Prosecutors argued that Sigel, 30, whose real name is Dwight Grant, leaped from his Cadillac Escalade near the corner of 52d Street and Larchwood Avenue and gunned down Terrance Speller early on July 1, leaving him critically wounded.
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November 23, 2005 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
High-profile Philadelphia defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. is low-key and universally liked - until he's in the midst of his courtroom specialty: cross-examination. His skills in that arena have won him both victories and clients, including rapper Beanie Sigel, who rejected national-name lawyers and stuck with a neighborhood guy who grew up in the city's Frankford section. Now, "Fred" Perri, 43, has essentially become the go-to attorney to Philadelphia's rap stars. He is also the lawyer for rapper Cassidy, due to stand trial in January on charges of first-degree murder in a Cedarbrook killing.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
A sentencing hearing on federal tax charges for rapper Beanie Sigel was postponed Thursday. Defense attorneys Fortunato Perri Jr. and Mark Cedrone told U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois on Wednesday that Sigel had not provided the financial information a probation officer requested or allowed a home visit by the officer. DuBois rescheduled sentencing for July 12. Sigel pleaded guilty in August to failing to file returns for 2003, 2004, and 2005, could face up to three years in prison.
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April 13, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
BEANIE SIGEL apparently has been busy. The Philadelphia-born rapper, born Dwight Grant, will soon release an album on which he collaborated with Houston-based rapper Scarface. Sigel, 38, also has plans for a new recording company and studio, and has been offered a part in a movie about to start production, his entertainment attorney, Kevon Glickman, said Thursday. However, Sigel has not been as diligent about cooperating with his probation officer. Sigel pleaded guilty in August to failing to file tax returns for 2003, 2004 and 2005.
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March 8, 2013 | STAFF REPORT
RAPPER BEANIE SIGEL pleaded guilty to drug charges on Wednesday and was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison. Sigel, a South Philadelphia native whose real name is Dwight Grant, was arrested Aug. 29 during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Tinicum Township. Police stopped the car, driven by Gerald Andrews, for following another car too closely and for swerving out of his lane. During a search, police said, Sigel was found to have a bottle of unlabeled codeine syrup, various pills and about $4,600 in cash.
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May 17, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
Philadelphia rapper Cassidy has been arrested in New Jersey for allegedly violating his probation, according to reports. Cassidy a/k/a Barry Reese, 28, was charged with murder in 2005, but was acquitted in 2006 when witnesses recanted their statements. Reese, formerly of the city's Cedarbrook section, was then charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime. He was released from prison later in 2006, credited with time served. Reese reportedly failed to check in with his probation officer, and local authorities notified officials in Hackensack, N.J., who arrested him near his home on Saturday.
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May 16, 2011 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rapper Cassidy is back behind bars, arrested for a probation violation stemming from a 2005 Philadelphia manslaughter conviction, police said. The rapper, originally from Cedarbrook and whose real name is Barry Adrian Reese, was arrested Saturday outside a convenience store in Hackensack, N.J., for failing to report to his Philadelphia probation officer, police said. In 2005, the rapper was charged with the murder of Desmond Hawkins, 22, and the attempted murder of two other men, during a shootout in an alley behind the rapper's home on the 7800 block of Bayard Street.
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October 7, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Beanie Sigel is in trouble with the law - again. Sigel, the rapper whose real name is Dwight Grant, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office with failing to file federal tax returns in 2003, 2004 and 2005 on more than $1.5 million in income. If convicted of all charges, Sigel, 36, of Lansdale, could face three years behind bars under advisory sentencing guidelines. Sigel's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said Sigel is likely to plead guilty, although discussions are ongoing with prosecutors as to how much of the income Sigel had during the period.
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December 18, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JONATHAN JOSEY II, the decorated highway patrol supervisor who was fired from the Philadelphia Police Department after being video-recorded punching a woman during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade in September, will be tried Feb. 12, a judge ruled Monday. Josey, 39, who is charged with simple assault, was not at the brief status hearing in Municipal Court, but his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he would be exonerated at trial. "When we have the opportunity to present all the evidence in the courtroom, we'll be able to show that Lt. Josey acted reasonably under the circumstances.
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December 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JONATHAN JOSEY II, the decorated Highway Patrol supervisor who was fired from the Philadelphia Police Department after being filmed punching a woman during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade in September, will be tried in February, a judge ruled Monday. Josey, 39, who is charged with simple assault, was not at the brief status hearing in Municipal Court, but his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he would be exonerated at trial, scheduled to get under way Feb. 12. "When we have the opportunity to present all the evidence in the courtroom, we'll be able to show that Lt. Josey acted reasonably under the circumstances.
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July 26, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former "hanging judge" of Philadelphia Traffic Court - a man so known for meting out tough justice to scofflaws that colleagues nicknamed him "the Terminator" - caught a break Friday when it came time for him to face up to his own crimes. Fortunato N. Perri Sr., 78, was sentenced to two years of federal probation for using his influence to have dozens of traffic tickets tossed in exchange for bribes of shrimp, crab cakes, and pornographic videos. The sentence was nothing less than an act of mercy for a man who once sentenced a driver to two years in jail for racking up $20,000 in traffic fines, but told him he would rather "give [him]
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July 23, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The only Philadelphia Traffic Court judge convicted on corruption charges tied to the court's ticket-fixing culture may just walk away with one of the lightest sentences in the case. In court filings this week, prosecutors pushed for house arrest for Fortunato N. Perri Sr., the court's 78-year-old former administrative judge, who admitted he helped toss dozens of citations in exchange for gifts of seafood and pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday and could face up to two years under federal sentencing guidelines.
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March 14, 2013 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fortunato Perri Sr. was once hailed as a tough but efficient judge and administrator at Philadelphia's Traffic Court, the man behind a surge in collections and a crackdown on the city's worst scofflaws. They called him "The Terminator" around court. Perri basked in the role. "The day they pulled me out of my mother's womb, they said 'This guy's going to be a traffic judge,'" he told The Inquirer in 2002. This morning, a shell of that once lively judge shuffled slowly into a federal courtroom - and onto the traffic bench's increasingly crowded wall of shame.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | STAFF REPORT
RAPPER BEANIE SIGEL pleaded guilty to drug charges on Wednesday and was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison. Sigel, a South Philadelphia native whose real name is Dwight Grant, was arrested Aug. 29 during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Tinicum Township. Police stopped the car, driven by Gerald Andrews, for following another car too closely and for swerving out of his lane. During a search, police said, Sigel was found to have a bottle of unlabeled codeine syrup, various pills and about $4,600 in cash.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As a judge in Philadelphia Traffic Court, Fortunato "Fred" Perri Sr. cultivated a public image as a tough guy. His nickname was "The Terminator" - a reflection of his supposed willingness to jail bad drivers. But for a favored few, Perri couldn't have been friendlier. "When you call, I move, brother, believe me," Perri allegedly assured a Southwest Philadelphia businessman said to be in league with him in the fixing of tickets. "It will be alright. Don't worry about it," he reportedly told the same businessman on another occasion, assuring him a ticket would be fixed, as promised.
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December 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JONATHAN JOSEY II, the decorated Highway Patrol supervisor who was fired from the Philadelphia Police Department after being filmed punching a woman during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade in September, will be tried in February, a judge ruled Monday. Josey, 39, who is charged with simple assault, was not at the brief status hearing in Municipal Court, but his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he would be exonerated at trial, scheduled to get under way Feb. 12. "When we have the opportunity to present all the evidence in the courtroom, we'll be able to show that Lt. Josey acted reasonably under the circumstances.
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December 18, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JONATHAN JOSEY II, the decorated highway patrol supervisor who was fired from the Philadelphia Police Department after being video-recorded punching a woman during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade in September, will be tried Feb. 12, a judge ruled Monday. Josey, 39, who is charged with simple assault, was not at the brief status hearing in Municipal Court, but his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he would be exonerated at trial. "When we have the opportunity to present all the evidence in the courtroom, we'll be able to show that Lt. Josey acted reasonably under the circumstances.
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November 16, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE VIDEO of former Philadelphia police Lt. Jonathan Josey hitting a woman has more than 1.5 million hits on YouTube, but it's Josey who is expected to be hit - with criminal charges - for his role in the incident, according to the head of the city's police union. John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, said that District Attorney Seth Williams told him that Josey would be charged this week with simple assault for the Sept. 30 incident. Josey's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he's heard the same thing but has not been formally advised of any charges.
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October 11, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matthew Sofka, who was arrested at a post-wedding brawl Sunday night, has posted bail and plans to fight charges that he assaulted a Philadelphia police officer and resisted arrest. His attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said the melee was already under way when Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J., arrived at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel, where his family was staying for the weekend of his brother's wedding. "There was absolute chaos going on from a prior incident," Perri said Tuesday. The brawl, which has been viewed nearly 900,000 times on YouTube, involved 50 to 100 people.
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