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August 8, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Aisha Perry seems to have learned that a 10-minute rant at the judge is not the path to freedom. After a brief court appearance in which she said she was "humbled" and sorry and respected the jury that convicted her for stealing utility services, Perry was paroled from her six- to 23-month prison term on Thursday by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Earl W. Trent. Trent had sent Perry to prison on June 12 after two extraordinary in-court tirades, one after a jury found her guilty and the other when she was sentenced and accused the prosecutor of being a liar who was "jealous of my lifestyle.
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July 22, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
TYRONE WERTS waited in the car while his four buddies walked two blocks to a North Philadelphia speakeasy to commit a robbery on the night of May 6, 1975. Werts, 23, didn't know that the robbery victim had been fatally shot until his accomplices jumped back inside the car. The District Attorney's Office offered Werts a plea bargain of eight to 20 years in prison, but he opted for a jury trial and wound up getting convicted of second-degree murder. That resulted in a mandatory life sentence without parole - the punishment in Pennsylvania state court for first- or second-degree murder.
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July 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rapper Meek Mill called next Saturday's concert at Temple University's Liacouras Center his "Homecoming Tour," a return to Philadelphia to "play in front of his hometown at the height of his career. " That concert and other bookings abruptly fell through Friday when a Philadelphia judge sentenced the rising music star to three to six months in prison for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley seemed by turns infuriated and saddened during the four-hour hearing.
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June 11, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Pennsylvania has more inmates convicted as juveniles for murder and sentenced to life without parole than any other place in the world. That distinction was reinforced Monday by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The high court declined to hear an appeal by juvenile-justice advocates to revisit the sentences of those prisoners. "We are obviously disappointed," said Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel of the Juvenile Law Center, a national, nonprofit, public-interest law firm for children, based in Center City.
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February 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On calendars and in his head, Stephen Gallo tracks the number of days that have passed since his 19-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed by an intoxicated driver. Gallo's mother, Donna, has watched her daughter's friends graduate from college, and seen her son pass his sister's age. Life moves on. But for the Gallos, time stopped the day Rachael Jankins killed Nicole in August 2009. When the Gallos learned that Jankins, 25, was up for parole last year, they took part in a new program that lets crime victims meet privately with the state parole board and testify about the impact of the crime.
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February 2, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Despite his lawyer's assertion that he should be acquitted because of his "good character," the owner of a West Philadelphia auto-repair business was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the shotgun slaying of his girlfriend in front of her family. After listening to relatively brief closing arguments, Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson convicted Anthony Alexander, 62, and sentenced him to the mandatory term of life in prison without parole for the Feb. 26, 2013, murder of Jennifer Fitzpatrick, 37. Asked by the judge whether he had anything to say, Alexander said, "This wasn't anything intentional.
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December 23, 2013 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ARTHUR BASELICE Jr. is a lost soul, a man destroyed by the Catholic Church. His son, Arthur Baselice III, died at age 28 of a drug overdose, and the father has blamed Charles Newman, the Franciscan friar and former president of Archbishop Ryan High School, for his death. Newman was convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school and his religious order. He was sentenced in May 2009 to three to six years in state prison, followed by 10 years' probation. On Monday, he is scheduled to be released on parole and sent to the Self-Help Movement community correction center - a halfway house - on Southampton Road in the Far Northeast, according to a letter by the Office of the Victim Advocate, provided to the Daily News by Baselice Jr. The fact that Newman could soon be free to walk the streets outrages Baselice Jr. The father, the son (when he was alive)
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November 1, 2013
STU Bykofsky wrote, regarding gay marriage: "First one change, then another?" Your point is that allowing gay marriage risks polygamy and all sorts of sordid damage to our society. Since you say you focus on the argument, not who raises it, let me ask about the following changes in our society in the past 50 years: * Allowing African-Americans to eat lunch at Woolworth's and drink at "white" fountains? (Remember: For millennia, slavery was traditional and even sanctioned in the Bible.)
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October 25, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Deptford man who as a 14-year-old fatally stabbed his neighbor 95 times lost his fourth appeal Wednesday when a state appeals court upheld his conviction and life sentence. Kenneth Houseknecht was tried as an adult for killing Kim Anderson after breaking into the 12-year-old girl's home on April 19, 1988, and stealing $50 to pay for pornographic magazines. In 1991, he was sentenced to a life term, with eligibility for parole after serving 30 years. In 2010, Gloucester County Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson denied one of Houseknecht's appeals, which alleged that he had ineffective counsel and that the sentence was cruel for a juvenile, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
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October 19, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man sought on a pair of warrants was shot by U.S. marshals Thursday in the parking lot of a restaurant along the Delaware River, authorities said. Eugene Dykes Jr. was wanted in connection with a stabbing in South Philadelphia and a violation of his parole on an aggravated-assault conviction, said Tom Smith, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia. Marshals and state parole officers on a fugitive task force had received a tip that Dykes would drop off his girlfriend for work at the Chart House restaurant on Columbus Boulevard, Smith said.
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