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August 28, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE CRIMINAL-justice system and even a kindhearted neighborhood woman who opened her home to James Mears gave the repeat felon just about every opportunity to get on the right track. Instead, police said yesterday, Mears violently turned on Dollie Evans, 67, the Holmesburg woman known as "Grandma" on her block, who gave the convict a place to stay after he was recently released from jail. In a plot to steal $500 from Evans, Mears attacked the woman Saturday afternoon in her living room on Vista Street near Torresdale Avenue, ruthlessly putting a bullet in her head when she fought back, Homicide Capt.
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August 22, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
T HE JUDGE who put Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill in jail for probation violations overstepped her authority by trying to transform him in "Pygmalion-like fashion," his attorneys said in an appeal filed with the state Supreme Court. The appeal followed a hearing Monday during which Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley denied Mill's request to be released early from jail, where he has been serving a three-to-six-month sentence since July 11. In support of their claim that Brinkley had gone too far, attorneys for the rapper born Robert Williams noted that during an off-the-record discussion, the judge complained that she did not approve of the haircut or clothing Mill had worn on the "Conan O'Brien Show.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, aided by three lawyers and a courtroom full of supporters, yesterday failed to persuade a judge to release him from jail early. That means the summertime blues will continue for the "Amen" rapper, who was sentenced July 11 to serve three to six months in jail for violating terms of his probation, which stems from a 2008 drug-and-gun conviction. Not only did Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley reject every argument proffered on behalf of the rapper born Robert Williams, she and his lead attorney got into a testy exchange over the lawyer's belief that the judge was being disrespectful and rushing him along so that she could officiate at a wedding.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IN A SOFT, quivering voice, former Philadelphia Police Lt. Aisha Perry "humbly" apologized in court yesterday for her fiery attack in June on the city prosecutor who convinced a jury to convict her of stealing utility services. Perry's unbridled rant against Assistant District Attorney Terri Domsky had convinced Common Pleas Judge Earl Trent to put Perry in jail instead of on house arrest - the sentence he gave to her contrite co-defendant, former cop George Suarez, 56. Perry, who had been with the Police Department for 31 years, was sentenced June 12 to six to 23 months in county jail, five years' probation and a $5,000 fine, and was ordered to pay $5,296 in restitution for the utility services she ripped off. Perry, 55, apparently having been broken by nearly two months in jail, had no fire in her yesterday.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors will continue their efforts to keep four Philadelphia narcotics officers behind bars until their trial on racketeering conspiracy charges. In motions filed Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek said he intended to appeal decisions this week to release Officers Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser on house arrest pending trial. Wzorek had argued that the men posed a danger to the community and the government witnesses who say the officers beat them and stole from them over a six-year period.
NEWS
August 5, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man has been arrested and jailed in connection with the death of his two-month-old son. On Friday afternoon, police were called by staff at Einstein Medical Center, who reported that the baby boy, Hassan Armstrong, was in critical condition in the emergency room with extensive injuries to his ribs and skull. On Saturday, the child's father, Brian Armstrong, 20, of the 6200 block of Old York Road, was charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CALLING EACH of the six former narcotics cops "a risk of flight and a continuing danger to the community," federal prosecutors said yesterday that they want the men kept behind bars pending their trials. The cops, who have been suspended from the police force with the intent to dismiss, face a detention hearing Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge. The six - Thomas Liciardello, 38; Brian Reynolds, 43; Michael Spicer, 46; Perry Betts, 46; Linwood Norman, 46; and John Speiser, 42 - are currently being housed in the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Burlington County mother of five was imprisoned this week on child-abandonment charges after her 4-year-old daughter was spotted for the fourth time in about two months walking alone on a sidewalk, police said. Riverside Township Police Detective Ron Brock said the child, who was not identified, was unharmed and "in good spirits" each time she wandered out into the neighborhood. Twice, he said, she crossed Middleton Street, where she lives, without an adult and was returned home by police.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
NO ONE should be held in jail for days on end because some federal agent wants to "run checks" on them to see whether it would be lawful to arrest them for something. In fact, the Fourth, Fifth and 14th Amendments to our Constitution prohibit that kind of tyrannical police-state behavior. Yet, Stu Bykofsky, in his column "Welcome, foreign felons," takes Mayor Nutter to task for upholding this basic American principle. The city has a policy, in place since mid-April, of refusing to honor non-binding "detainer" requests lodged by federal immigration authorities on prisoners in city jails whom our criminal justice system has determined should be released.
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