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May 2, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHEN Felek McCrae was in court on drug charges, someone handed him a pamphlet for "The Choice is Yours. " The choice? An intensive yearlong program that helps young, first-time, nonviolent drug offenders stay out of prison. McCrae passed on the program. He thought he'd beat the case. He knew "a brother who knew another brother who knew another brother who could get him off," he recalled with a laugh. But when he saw the look on his lawyer's face, 28-year-old McCrae knew that no brother was going to get him out of this mess.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their love was marked by sex, lies, and crime-scene tape. On Monday, the romantic relationship that blossomed between Robertito Fontan, a married Philadelphia police officer, and Elizabeth Sanchez, a mother of three facing drug charges, landed one of them in prison. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick sentenced Fontan, 42, a seven-year veteran of the narcotics squad, to a year behind bars for lying about his liaisons with Sanchez, who prosecutors said leaked sensitive information about an ongoing drug investigation.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Jocelyn Kirsch, the jet-setting college swindler whose exploits as a high-flying identity thief earned her tabloid prominence seven years ago, returned to federal custody in Philadelphia, this time on a probation violation charge that could send her back to prison. At a hearing Monday, a U.S. magistrate judge ordered that Kirsch remain locked up until a federal court decides whether a recent shoplifting conviction in California violates the terms of her post-sentence court supervision.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb spent one day in an Arizona jail for a December DUI arrest, according to the Associated Press. McNabb, one of the top players in Eagles history, was arrested Dec 15 in Maricopa County. He served his one-day sentence Wednesday, and was released Thursday. McNabb pleaded guilty March 27, and nine days of his sentence were suspended, according to the report. Now a host for NBC Sports Radio and an analyst for Fox Sports, McNabb came into the news Thursday, when his mug shot was released.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials at the Burlington County Jail should have known about an inmate's heart condition and a hospital's recommendation that he receive follow-up treatment - which his fiancee alleges he was never taken to - before he died Feb. 25, according to medical records provided by her. Jerome Iozzia, 50, of Browns Mills, was one of two inmates who died during a two-month period during the winter amid allegations of neglect, which jail officials have denied....
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge in Delaware County drastically reduced bail Wednesday for a man who was charged with assaulting a police officer who had shot him with a Taser gun inside an ambulance right after, he said, he had suffered a seizure. But even though bail was dropped from $100,000 to $15,000, Darren Scott, 48, of Upland, remained in jail because his wife, Precious, said she could not afford the $1,500 needed to free him. A local pastor, Keith Collins, of the Church of the Overcomer, who attended the hearing, said he would look at trying to raise funds to get Scott out of jail.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson will be released from jail Friday and transferred to an inpatient drug-treatment facility as he awaits trial on felony fraud charges involving an alleged travel-package scam, officials said. The petition to release Tollefson was filed by a public defender - not the two high-profile attorneys who flanked him at his arraignment in Warminster in February, according to court documents. Bucks County Judge James McMaster granted the order on Tuesday, reducing Tollefson's bail from $10,000 to zero.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA man whose drug conviction was reversed after he spent 13 years in prison is suing the city and the three officers whose lies landed him behind bars. Kareem Torain, 36, filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court yesterday against the city, ex-cop Jeffrey Walker and cops Brian Reynolds and Brian Monaghan, alleging false arrest, malicious prosecution and unjust incarceration. Torain was arrested on drug charges in January 2001 in North Philadelphia - even though officers didn't see him with drugs and found no narcotics on him - after the officers fabricated information on police paperwork and lied at trial, attorney Michael Pileggi said.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY The elderly man with the salt-and-pepper beard lay on the concrete floor of his jail cell naked and covered in his own feces. In another cell, a father with cardiac problems feared for his health, repeatedly telling his fiancée no one had taken him to hospital appointments to check his pacemaker. Both men, incarcerated at the same time, eventually died in the Burlington County Jail. "Natural causes," the medical examiner ruled in the Dec. 30 death of Robert Taylor, 75, and the Feb. 25 death of Jerome Iozzia, 50. "Unfortunate," the county Prosecutor's Office called Taylor's death in response to a query from Amnesty International.
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