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October 8, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
SINCE HIS RELEASE from federal prison in 2011, Joey Merlino has been working hard, keeping his nose clean and making monthly restitution payments. He even volunteered with a group that trains teachers who work with children with autism. But he did not violate his probation. That's what Merlino's lawyers, Edwin Jacobs Jr. and Michael F. Myers, wrote in a legal memo filed yesterday, claiming that Merlino has "scrupulously abided" by the terms of his supervised release while living in Florida.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former eBay executive was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for insider trading tied to the Internet auction site's 2011 acquisition of a King of Prussia-based e-commerce firm. Christopher Saridakis, 45, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty in May, admitting he tipped off friends and relatives to a pending $2.4 billion deal between San Jose, Calif.-based eBay and GSI Commerce, where he worked as a marketing director. Saridakis was named a senior vice president at eBay after GSI's purchase.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT'S NOT EASY being Shaneen Allen, a single mom juggling jobs and raising two kids, while trying to avoid getting mugged again in Philly. But about 4:15 p.m. yesterday, Allen, 27, learned she had one less thing to worry about: a prison sentence for bringing her legal Pennsylvania handgun to New Jersey. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, in a statement, said it had reversed a previous decision and will allow Allen to enter a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders for her October 2013 handgun-possession arrest in Hamilton Township.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a review by the state attorney general, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday that it would allow a Philadelphia woman charged last year with illegally bringing into New Jersey a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania to enter a pretrial-intervention program and avoid jail time. The prosecutor's previous stance in the case involving Shaneen Allen, 27, was to make the case a "deterrent," either forcing a plea or bringing it to trial. The mother of two could have faced up to five years in prison.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
In a soft, quivering voice, former Philadelphia police lieutenant Aisha Perry "humbly" apologized in court Thursday for her June fiery attack 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, in turn, convinced Common Pleas Judge Earl Trent to put Perry in jail instead of on house arrest - the sentence he gave her contrite co-defendant, former cop George Suarez. Perry, who had been with the police department for 31 years, on June 12 was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in county jail, five years of probation, a $5,000 fine and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,296 for the utility services she ripped off. Perry, 55, apparently having been broken by nearly two months in jail, had no fire in her Thursday.
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.
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