April 17, 1992 |
Admitted cocaine supplier Earl Stewart couldn't make a cent on the drug, losing $2,000 on every kilo, or 2.2 pounds, he sold to the Junior Black Mafia. William Mead, who arranged drug deals with the JBM, has a history of cooperation with authorities in drug cases in several locations around the country. Otis Weekly, who tape-recorded four cocaine buys under FBI direction, was running a crack-cocaine house at the same time he was working with the bureau. They are three of the government informants who recorded conversations with members of the Junior Black Mafia on the $26 million annual cocaine business the three defendants are accused of operating, in a six-year murder-drug conspiracy.
September 7, 2014 |
THE LAWYER for the West Philadelphia woman on trial in the kidnapping and rape of a 5-year-old girl attempted to poke holes in the prosecution's case yesterday - and in doing so gave his beleaguered client something to smile about. During several hours of testimony, defense attorney W. Fred Harrison Jr. challenged the credibility of key prosecution witness Valerie Williams, causing her to take long pauses and waffle on central prosecution contentions. Defendant Christina Regusters, 21, who is Williams' niece, appeared jovial at times while whispering to Harrison during the testimony.
November 9, 2013
When Jenkintown's Salem Baptist Church found itself on the wrong end of a legal dispute with a contractor, it turned to a higher power: the district attorney. Montgomery County authorities appear to have been all too eager to intercede. They eventually charged, arrested, and publicly denounced the contractor, Walter Logan - despite a lack of evidence that he did anything wrong. Court documents suggest the most generous possible understanding of the prosecution is that it grew out of rank incompetence within the District Attorney's Office.
March 9, 2010
RE "Flash Mob or Just Rowdy Teenagers": The issue with the recent Center City rampaging youth isn't so much whether their behavior emanates from a spontaneous decision or was planned in advance, via a Web site. The issue, as revealed by one of them in an interview after the Feb. 16 melee at the Gallery and Macy's, is the mind-set of the perpetrators that such behavior is acceptable. The answer is prosecution and front-page display of sentences, such as obligatory community service.
April 20, 2012 |
JESSICA KISBY was the star witness in the Taj Mahal kidnapping-murder case that concluded Thursday, but she clearly was not a favorite of even the prosecution. In closing arguments before an Atlantic County jury, First Assistant County Prosecutor James McClain described Kisby, 26, as a "cold-blooded murderer. " In a dramatic summation that capped the 10-day trial, McClain told the jury, "At the time she testified, she was one of two coldhearted, cold-blooded murderers in the courtroom . . . . The other was . . . Craig Arno.
September 6, 2007
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham's decision to prosecute a man a second time for a crime he committed 41 years ago won't somehow extract some last measure of justice from a tragic case. William J. Barnes, 71, already has served 20 years in prison for shooting Philadelphia police officer Walter T. Barclay during a burglary in 1966. Barnes inflicted grievous injuries on Barclay, shooting him through a lung and paralyzing him from the waist down. Barclay survived those wounds. That is, he survived until Aug. 19. Barclay, who was 23 at the time of the shooting, died at age 64. A coroner said Barclay died of a heart attack brought on by a severe urinary-tract infection.
February 5, 1992 |
The prosecution rested its case yesterday in the Mike Tyson rape trial with an emotional one-two: the tape recording of a 911 telephone call made by the alleged victim, and some tearful testimony from her mother. The defense then began its case with a series of witnesses who continued to work around the edges of the case's key issues. And on a day when nothing seemed to go right for the defense before Judge Patricia Gifford, there was one victory. The fourth count of the indictment against Tyson, for confinement, was dropped.
March 1, 1989 |
The prosecution in the federal racketeering trial of six former Philadelphia police narcotics officers rested its case yesterday - an important milestone in a hard-fought trial that began in early January and is finally winding down. Senior U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum sent the jury home after a five- minute court session during which Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Pucci moved one last group of documents into evidence and said, "The government has no further evidence to present.
February 14, 1989 |
A Glen Mills man, accused of killing two McDonald's employees last month, probably is exaggerating symptoms of mental illness to avoid trial, a psychologist hired by the Chester County prosecutor testified in court yesterday. Psychologist Gerald Cook said during a competency hearing in Chester County Court that he found that Robert B. Hughes, 21, exhibits contradictory signs of depression. While Hughes appeared mentally withdrawn and often kept his head lowered during trial proceedings, Cook said, he behaved normally in a recent psychological examination at Chester County Prison.
December 8, 1987 |
Federal and New Jersey law enforcement officials say Camden County Sheriff William J. Simon probably will not be prosecuted for his acceptance of $500 in cash from the Roofers Union - a payment prosecutors termed a bribe and Simon has called a Christmas gift. The federal racketeering charges on which Roofers business manager Stephen J. Traitz Jr. and organizer James Nuzzi were convicted last month in Philadelphia included a payment of five $100 bills to Simon at a Teamsters Union hall in Collingswood on Jan. 1, 1986.