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April 24, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOEY MERLINO has regained his freedom - no strings attached - for the first time since 1999. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in his favor yesterday, overruling a District Court judge who had ordered Merlino to serve another four months in prison for violating the terms of his probation on a 2001 racketeering conviction. "He's out. He's a free man," Merlino's attorney, Edwin Jacobs, told the Daily News . Merlino, 53, considered the current or former boss of the Philly mob, depending whom you ask, served about three months in a Miami prison after he was caught associating with mobster John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini at a Florida cigar bar last year.
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February 11, 2012
Emergency responders in Delaware County used a crane to rescue a man trapped under a SEPTA trolley early Saturday. Around 3:30 a.m., the man was struck by a Route 102 Trolley in Clifton Heights along a stretch of tracks near East Broadway and Ogden Street, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The victim became trapped underneath the trolley, which was approaching the Baltimore Pike Station, heading towards 69th Street Station from Sharon Hill, Busch said. Local rescue crews and SEPTA personnel worked to free the man for about an hour and a half, before the crane was used to lift the trolley off the victim, Busch said.
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August 25, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, Staff Writer
Anthony Wright walked out of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility late Tuesday afternoon a middle-aged man, holding hands with relatives who were babies when he went away to prison 25 years ago. "I was taken from a 4-year-old boy," he said in the prison parking lot, standing among friends and family, and next to his son, Anthony Jr. "who's a 28-year-old man today. " Wearing thick glasses and white T-shirt underneath a dark suit, the now-44-year-old Wright stood a free man, able to say whatever he wanted.
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August 28, 2005 | By Joel Bewley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Larry Peterson took a deep breath after walking out of the Burlington County Jail yesterday, taking his first whiff of freedom in 18 years. He paused and looked around, finding the face he wanted to see on the other side of the media pack that had rushed him. "It feels so good," said Peterson, 54, while bear-hugging his sobbing mother, Susie. "Thank you. " Peterson's conviction for a 1987 rape and murder was overturned last month after DNA tests failed to link him to the crime.
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January 15, 1994 | By Cindy Anders, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Minutes after a Chester County deputy took the shackles and handcuffs off Dale L. Brison yesterday, the newly freed man embraced his joyful sister and spun her around the courthouse hallway. Convicted of rape and sentenced to 18 to 42 years in prison, Brison spent 3 1/2 years behind bars before he was able to get court-ordered DNA tests and prove what he had been saying from the beginning - he is an innocent man. "Just glad to be out," a subdued Brison said after his release.
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August 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITERS
Almost 25 years ago, Anthony Wright was taken into custody at age 20, charged with the rape and murder of his 77-year-old Nicetown neighbor. On Tuesday, Wright, now 44, walked out of a Philadelphia prison a free man after a jury acquitted him in a retrial resulting from new DNA testing that proved another man was the rapist. Wright was escorted through the prison gates at 5:50 p.m. by lawyers Peter Neufeld and Samuel W. Silver, and a crowd of about 15 relatives, including his father, David Parker; his 28-year-old son, Anthony Jr.; and his grandchild, Romera, 1. "I can't even put it into words right now, man," Wright said.
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January 30, 1998 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
The last time she remembers being that happy was the day he was born - all nine pounds, six ounces of him. Her first son. Now here was Myron Moton at 24 years old, walking through the doorway of his aunt's rowhome last Friday night - a free man after spending the last 15 months in jail following an arrest on charges of first-degree murder. Sarah Moton thought her prayers had been answered. "It was just a joyous day," the mother said yesterday. "Everyone was jumping up and down, beating on his head.
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July 2, 2008 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Robert Venable most likely came to Philadelphia a slave, shipped from Barbados as a little boy and ultimately bought and used by merchant Hugh Donaldson in the late 1740s. But by the time of the Revolutionary War, when Venable moved into a small house at 79 N. Sixth St., he was a free man, manumitted by Donaldson in an act of generosity Venable would never forget. His was a momentous move at a momentous time to an extraordinary part of the city - the block where the National Constitution Center now stands, which two centuries ago buzzed with the birth of free black America.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
A Philadelphia man who escaped from state prison by forging court documents ordering his release was captured Monday, authorities said. U.S. marshals and FBI agents found Kevin William Small, 49, in the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue. The U.S. Marshals Service said Small had been arrested more than 30 times and had a history of escaping custody dating to the 1970s. Small was in state prison in 2006 when he was charged in federal court with filing false tax returns. During his trial, Small tried to enter forged documents into evidence.
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March 29, 1996 | By Kyle York Spencer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A young Darby Township man, once known by family members as the "quiet, shy one," was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday, a month after being convicted of slaying two acquaintances in a bungled drug deal last spring. In sentencing Tyyaken Headen, 24, Delaware County Judge R. Barclay Surrick called the May 31 killings an "unspeakable tragedy. " The victims were shot inside a 1978 Buick underneath the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester. Before the sentencing, family members of the victims expressed sorrow and outrage.
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August 25, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, Staff Writer
Anthony Wright walked out of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility late Tuesday afternoon a middle-aged man, holding hands with relatives who were babies when he went away to prison 25 years ago. "I was taken from a 4-year-old boy," he said in the prison parking lot, standing among friends and family, and next to his son, Anthony Jr. "who's a 28-year-old man today. " Wearing thick glasses and white T-shirt underneath a dark suit, the now-44-year-old Wright stood a free man, able to say whatever he wanted.
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August 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITERS
Almost 25 years ago, Anthony Wright was taken into custody at age 20, charged with the rape and murder of his 77-year-old Nicetown neighbor. On Tuesday, Wright, now 44, walked out of a Philadelphia prison a free man after a jury acquitted him in a retrial resulting from new DNA testing that proved another man was the rapist. Wright was escorted through the prison gates at 5:50 p.m. by lawyers Peter Neufeld and Samuel W. Silver, and a crowd of about 15 relatives, including his father, David Parker; his 28-year-old son, Anthony Jr.; and his grandchild, Romera, 1. "I can't even put it into words right now, man," Wright said.
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August 31, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
On an unseasonably warm December night just days before Christmas 1990, Donna Benjamin was looking for her next high. She approached a long driveway off North Warnock Street in Logan, where she had planned to meet two drug dealers. There, Benjamin saw a man standing over the dealers' bodies, firing his gun. Their eyes met. Benjamin immediately recognized the shooter, and threw herself to the ground, screaming. The gunman calmed her, calling her "Boo," and told her he wasn't going to hurt her. She ran home.
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April 24, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOEY MERLINO has regained his freedom - no strings attached - for the first time since 1999. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in his favor yesterday, overruling a District Court judge who had ordered Merlino to serve another four months in prison for violating the terms of his probation on a 2001 racketeering conviction. "He's out. He's a free man," Merlino's attorney, Edwin Jacobs, told the Daily News . Merlino, 53, considered the current or former boss of the Philly mob, depending whom you ask, served about three months in a Miami prison after he was caught associating with mobster John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini at a Florida cigar bar last year.
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May 6, 2013 | Associated Press
BOSTON - Lawyers for a man charged with lying to investigators after the Boston Marathon bombings are asking a federal judge to release him from jail, saying he had nothing to do with the deadly bombings and isn't a flight risk. Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, faces a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court. Defense attorneys said in court documents filed Saturday that authorities' claim that Phillipos gave them conflicting accounts is "refutable. " "This case is about a frightened and confused 19-year-old who was subjected to intense questioning and interrogation, without the benefit of counsel, and in the context of one of the worst attacks against the nation," lawyers Derege Demissie and Susan Church wrote.
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January 25, 2013 | By Michael Tarm and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
CHICAGO - An American who had faced life in prison was sentenced instead to 35 years Thursday for helping plan the deadly 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India - a punishment that prosecutors said reflected his broad cooperation with U.S. investigators, but that a victim's family member called "an appalling dishonor. " It was David Coleman Headley's meticulous scouting missions that facilitated the assault by 10 gunmen from a Pakistani-based militant group on multiple targets in Mumbai, including the landmark Taj Mahal Hotel.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
A Philadelphia man who escaped from state prison by forging court documents ordering his release was captured Monday, authorities said. U.S. marshals and FBI agents found Kevin William Small, 49, in the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue. The U.S. Marshals Service said Small had been arrested more than 30 times and had a history of escaping custody dating to the 1970s. Small was in state prison in 2006 when he was charged in federal court with filing false tax returns. During his trial, Small tried to enter forged documents into evidence.
NEWS
February 11, 2012
Emergency responders in Delaware County used a crane to rescue a man trapped under a SEPTA trolley early Saturday. Around 3:30 a.m., the man was struck by a Route 102 Trolley in Clifton Heights along a stretch of tracks near East Broadway and Ogden Street, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The victim became trapped underneath the trolley, which was approaching the Baltimore Pike Station, heading towards 69th Street Station from Sharon Hill, Busch said. Local rescue crews and SEPTA personnel worked to free the man for about an hour and a half, before the crane was used to lift the trolley off the victim, Busch said.
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December 13, 2011 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fire burned quickly and ferociously in the early hours of July 29, 1989, nearly consuming the small cabin at a religious retreat in the Poconos. Inside was 20-year-old Ji Yun Lee, dead. Investigators soon concluded that the fire had been set. Han Tak Lee, a Korean American businessman who had taken his daughter there in the hope of finding help for her escalating mental problems, was arrested, tried, and convicted. He is 21 years into a life sentence. Lee has steadfastly professed his innocence.
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November 10, 2009 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
The refrain "A man ain't nothin' but a man" shows up in several variations of John Henry's legend. It's also the theme of Iron Age Theatre's world premiere of Chris Braak's The Life of John Henry. Maybe you remember Henry as the steel-driving man who heroically outpaced a steam drill. Maybe you remember that he was a free man, former slave, or convict; that he dug through a mountain or laid down track; that he had a pretty wife who stayed true and wore blue, or that she wore blue, but wasn't true.
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