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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.
NEWS
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
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 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 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.
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