July 15, 1997 |
A convicted rapist who contends he was maliciously prosecuted in Chester County for a 1990 rape he did not commit has lost a civil-rights suit in federal court. Dale Leslie Brison, 34, who was sentenced last month to 25 years to life in prison for the 1996 rape of a 14-year-old girl, had accused two Oxford Borough police officers of giving false information that led to his arrest and conviction for another rape, that of a 38-year-old woman. DNA tests exonerated Brison in the 1990 rape after the state Superior Court overturned his conviction in 1992.
March 17, 2013 |
A lawsuit was filed in federal court this week by a former Bensalem fire chief and his son, claiming malicious prosecution, false arrest, and a host of other offenses by Bensalem Township officials, most prominently Frederick Harran, the director of public safety. The lawsuit was filed by David Jerri Sr., the former chief of the Union Fire Company, and his son, David Jr., a former company battalion leader who remains with the company in a different position. It says Harran ordered Jerri Jr.'s worker compensation to be cut off after he was injured on the job, and that the police department, at Harran's direction, subsequently fabricated a story about how Jerri Jr. suffered the injury.
December 11, 1997 |
Two weeks after a Municipal Court judge acquitted him of a charge that he had shoved a heckler - a man who has dogged him at public events for about a year - Mayor James Whelan yesterday turned aggressor. Whelan sued David Callaway, accusing his bullhorn-toting nemesis of malicious prosecution, harassment and slander, and seeking unspecified monetary damages. Callaway, his brother and about a half-dozen supporters have been showing up at public events where Whelan is expected, complaining that the mayor is not doing enough to ensure that the casino industry employs city residents.
August 16, 1997 |
It's apparently more difficult for persons of one race to make an accurate eyewitness identification of a person of another race, even when the eyewitness is a cop, a federal case suggests. The case involved three African-American Pennsylvania state troopers who had arrested a Korean woman six days after each of them had purchased a bogus identification card in a store where she worked in West Philadelphia. Meeyong Heekim Kim sold jewelry in a section of the store which had been leased by her husband, and was the only Asian woman in the shop when the troopers returned to make the arrest.
March 18, 1992 |
A federal jury awarded no money to a man who sued the city for malicious prosecution after being wrongly imprisoned for nine years for the 1973 murder of a Manayunk man and the rape of his girlfriend on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After deliberating for about two hours yesterday afternoon, the jury returned with its verdict in favor of the city, former Police Commissioner Joseph F. O'Neill and the two retired detectives named...
April 2, 2001 |
A state appeals court has remanded for retrial a case in which $1.2 million was awarded to eight Washington Township residents who contended that a developer and his attorney violated their right to free speech when he sued them for challenging the construction of his office park. In 1998, a jury found that Frank Lauletta and attorney Jeffrey Baron had sued the residents for the sole purpose of frightening them into dropping a suit they had filed against the township to stop Lauletta from building the University Executive Campus on Fries Mill Road.
September 11, 2014 |
A Radnor Township contractor who already collected $1.65 million and an apology from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office after being wrongfully accused of theft settled his lawsuit Tuesday against the Jenkintown church whose claims led to the criminal case against him. Lawyers for both sides declined to say how much Salem Baptist Church agreed to pay contractor Walter Logan, citing a confidentiality clause. In his lawsuit, Logan sought more than $300 million from the church for malicious prosecution, defamation, and other claims.
May 11, 2013 |
The Jonathan Josey saga continues. A Philadelphia official said Friday that the city will pay $75,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the woman who accused the former city police lieutenant of slapping her to the ground during the 2012 Puerto Rican Day parade. The settlement, confirmed by city spokesman Mark McDonald, comes despite a municipal judge's ruling in February that Josey was not guilty of assaulting the woman, Aida Guzman, in what became an infamous incident caught on video.
December 3, 1986 |
Former Montgomery County Sheriff Frederick B. Hill has filed a federal civil suit against the county, several of its high-ranking officials and the county Republican organization, saying his civil rights were violated by their "malicious" prosecution of him in 1983. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, is similar to one filed there Oct. 27 by Joseph Rose, a former chief deputy under Hill who asserts that he was fired and prosecuted in the same case for political reasons.
January 7, 2015 |
GIVEN OUR TRACK record of clearing bad cops, this might be a little hard to believe: Not every cop who behaves badly gets a pass. In November, a federal jury awarded Khadijah White $31,000 in a wrongful-arrest suit against several Philadelphia police officers, the commander of the Police Department's Civil Affairs Unit and the city's public safety director after White was arrested and injured outside the Municipal Services Building. On March 12, 2012, White was protesting peacefully with other demonstrators outside a public hearing on the mayor's proposed ban against feeding the homeless when a scuffle broke out between police and protesters.