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July 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 2011 memo from Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey hasn't stopped Philadelphia police officers from intimidating and arresting people who try to record them, the ACLU says. So the organization is hoping a little dose of public shaming will. It launched a social-media campaign Thursday urging city residents to tweet their stories of police harassment for recording law enforcement activity with the hashtag #PACopWatch. The group's efforts coincided with the filing of the organization's fourth federal lawsuit on behalf of a city resident arrested on what it described as questionable grounds.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most haunting part of Devon Butler's first night in a Honduran prison was the darkness. Tossed into a cell the size of a backyard shed with about 20 other inmates, Butler, who grew up in Doylestown, could barely see where all of his cellmates were sleeping. Some were in bunks bolted to the walls, others in hammocks made of sheets. Butler sat near the gated door that looked onto the central yard, talking to inmates who spoke broken English, trying to stay composed. "Pitch black, all these faces coming out of the dark," he said.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE THREE-TO-SIX- month jail sentence given to Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill for probation violations is "unconstitutional under both state and federal law," his new legal team said in a court filing yesterday. In the petition filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, attorneys Dennis Cogan and Christopher Warren asked for a hearing within three days to argue the matter. The rapper, 27, born Robert Williams, has missed a concert and postponed a second since being jailed last Friday.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RAPPER MEEK MILL appears to be launching an aggressive legal battle to get out of jail, where he's been since Friday for violating probation. Yesterday, the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, hired two prominent Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys - Dennis Cogan and Christopher Warren. Cogan's clients have included disgraced former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, while Warren recently represented former Philly mob consigliere George Borgesi. This morning, the rapper's new legal team is expected to file a motion requesting an emergency hearing to argue that he did not violate the terms of his probation and should not have been sentenced to three to six months in jail.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, apparently having forgotten the manners he learned in court-ordered etiquette classes last year, had his probation revoked and was sentenced to three to six months in jail followed by five years of probation. Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley yesterday found the lanky rapper in technical violation of his probation rules after a four-hour hearing, during which a laundry list of his bad behavior was aired. The rapper, whose birth name is Robert Williams, was busted for failing to get the judge's permission before booking out-of-town concerts - that included a show in Washington, D.C., scheduled for last night.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
David St. Onge Jr., accused of helping his father dump his grandfather's body in a remote part of Northeast Pennsylvania, was kept in jail Friday while the charges against him moved from District Court to Montgomery County Court. The 20-year-old went before District Judge Francis J. Bernhardt 3d and, through his court-appointed attorney, William McElroy, waived his preliminary hearing. During the proceeding, McElroy asked Bernhardt to drop the $50,000 bail set for St. Onge and allow his release from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
SPORTS
July 3, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FLYERS CAPTAIN Claude Giroux spent Tuesday night in an Ottawa jail cell after an altercation with a police officer in Canada's capital, a source confirmed to the Daily News. Giroux, 26, allegedly was detained for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer. No charges were filed and Giroux was released on his own recognizance yesterday morning. Alcohol is believed to have been involved. The news - which made Giroux the butt of jokes around the hockey world - was first reported by the Ottawa Sun. According to the source, Giroux first grabbed the buttocks of the male officer inside The Great Canadian Cabin bar in the Byward Market club district.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County native and his crewmates from a shipwreck-salvage team, jailed in Honduras since May, were released Thursday, his lawyer and a local representative said. The release of the crew ended an ordeal that kept their families on edge and attracted the attention of federal lawmakers. Devon Butler, 27, of Doylestown, was arrested May 5 when a ship carrying him and five others arrived in the coastal town of Puerto Lempira, according to reports. Honduran authorities arrested all six on smuggling allegations after finding guns aboard the ship, and their detention was upheld during two hearings over 10 days.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Listening to bankers - the local kind - Penn Law professor David Skeel , a historian of bankruptcy, "corporate shaming," and other questions of money and morals, hears two almost contradictory complaints: They feel "hammered" by tighter federal rules - while big nationwide banks, which have more resources to keep regulators at bay, are lending too much. "They are making no-document loans again, and lending to people who shouldn't be borrowing. " So says the author of The New Financial Deal (2010)
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrested in January, Israel Resendiz Hernandez spent 144 days in Pennsylvania jails - some on a hunger strike - as he faced deportation to Mexico for illegally entering the United States last fall. On Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials allowed Resendiz to return to his wife and daughters in Norristown. He remains in jeopardy but is free, pending his request for asylum. A hearing on his case is scheduled for August. He came home to a jubilant reception at Tortilleria la Familia, the family's grocery in the heavily Mexican-immigrant western end of the municipality.
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