April 22, 2015 |
GARY COTTRELL - the ex-Philly cop who asked witnesses to lie for him when he felt the heat from an investigation into cash loans he gave people from his neighborhood - will spend 10 months in jail for his crime, a federal judge ruled yesterday. The federal government in 2013 charged Cottrell with several counts of loan-sharking, but a jury acquitted him of those charges. The jury convicted him, however, on two counts of obstruction for asking witnesses to deny that he charged them interest on the loans.
April 9, 2015 |
A former University of Toledo point guard from Chester was one of two former players who received probation Tuesday as part of a point-shaving scandal that involved two other Toledo basketball players and three former football players. Kashif Payne, who starred at Archbishop Carroll High in 2001-02 before finishing his high school career at a New England prep school, was sentenced in federal court in Detroit to three years of probation and also must pay a fine and perform community service.
April 4, 2015 |
A former one-term Philadelphia state legislator and his sister were each sentenced to probation Thursday on their guilty pleas in a "ghost employee" scheme that paid her $1,700. Jose "J.P. " Miranda and Michelle Wilson apologized during separate sentencing hearings before Common Pleas Court Judge Edward C. Wright. Miranda, 29, was sentenced to five years' probation on his guilty plea to a felony count of conflict of interest and a misdemeanor charge of lying to a county grand jury.
April 3, 2015 |
FORMER STATE Rep. Jose P. "J.P. " Miranda was sentenced yesterday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to five years' probation in a case in which he illegally funneled money to his sister, then lied about it before a grand jury. Miranda's sister, Michelle Wilson, was sentenced to two years' probation for lying before the grand jury. Wilson was barred from working for her brother because of state ethics rules on nepotism. But, Miranda, then a freshman state representative in 2013, wanted to hire his older, more-educated sister, who has a master's degree, because "the quality of the staff I had wasn't equipped" to carry out the work he envisioned doing, Miranda, 29, told Judge Edward Wright yesterday.
March 24, 2015
LAST Wednesday was Scott DiClaudio's lucky day. He won the political equivalent of the Mega Millions lottery. As one of 57 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to Common Pleas Court, DiClaudio picked the lowest number in the lottery held by state election officials to determine ballot position. He will appear in the No. 1 spot for that job in the May 19 primary, making him a virtual shoo-in to win one of the 12 seats in the court being filled this year. He might as well go get measured for a black robe.
March 1, 2015 |
Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston has been ordered to appear in court on March 31 for allegedly failing to meet the terms of a probationary program, according to a report. The Times Herald of Norristown reported Friday night that Pinkston, a senior forward, has been accused of failing to complete community service, pay fines and restitution, and report to probation officers by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office. Officials want to revoke his enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which is generally used for first-time offenders charged with nonviolent crimes.
January 28, 2015 |
Richard DeCoatsworth, the Philadelphia police officer lauded as a hero in his rookie year when he was shot in the face while trying to apprehend a suspect, was sentenced Monday to 18 months' probation for a misdemeanor assault conviction involving an ex-girlfriend. In addition to the sentence, Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich ordered DeCoatsworth, 28, to get counseling and issued an order barring him from contact with Sadie Martinez, 29. The sentence capped seven tumultuous years since DeCoatsworth was celebrated after suffering a shotgun blast to the face.
January 28, 2015 |
AFTER ALL THE ups and downs of ex-cop Richard DeCoatsworth's life, the highlight of yesterday's sentencing hearing on his simple-assault conviction was a demand by his father for an apology from prosecutors, and a judge's comments finding that demand "outrageous. " Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich sentenced DeCoatsworth, 28, to 18 months' probation and ordered him to undergo counseling. A jury in November convicted DeCoatsworth of simple assault for striking his then-girlfriend, Sadie Martinez, during an argument May 9, 2013, at the Port Richmond home they shared.
January 17, 2015 |
Clarence L. Watts, 82, a probation administrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, died Friday, Jan. 9, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Watts had undergone a kidney transplant 17 years ago. Last year, he developed lymphoma, which could have been related to the transplant or the immunotherapy necessary to keep the transplanted kidney functioning well over time. Doctors are not sure. "He had a really long run," said his wife, Rosalyn Jones Watts.
January 8, 2015 |
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Cheryl L. Stephens was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for lying to a federal grand jury during a loan-sharking investigation. Stephens, 48, a 10-year police veteran, gave false testimony about a $100 loan she got from another officer who was convicted in the same investigation. Prosecutor Anthony Wzorek told U.S. District Judge Darnell Jones that after initially making false statements to the grand jury, Stephens helped the government make its case against codefendant Gary Cottrell.