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April 17, 1992 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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April 20, 2012 | By GEORGE ANASTASIA, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
February 5, 1992 | by Rich Hofmann, Daily News Sports Columnist
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.
NEWS
March 1, 1989 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 14, 1989 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 8, 1987 | By Rich Heidorn Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 20, 1991 | By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry M. Waters was once just another popular high school kid in this pretty seaside town - a wrestling, baseball and football star who saw himself headed to college on an athletic scholarship. About five years ago, when he was 16, he found out that he had contracted the AIDS virus. "I didn't believe it," he said. "It was devastating to me because everything was taken from me. " For years, Waters admits, he lived in a world of lies and denial - denial that proved dangerous to those around him. In 1989, Crystal Harrell, Waters' longtime girlfriend, also tested positive for the AIDS virus.
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February 5, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Veteran prosecutors, using such words as extraordinary and unusual, said they were puzzled by the promise by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. never to prosecute comedian Bill Cosby. Such deals rarely happen, the prosecutors said, simply because it is impossible to know what new information might emerge. And when the deals do emerge, they said, it is critical to get the agreement in writing. Castor testified Tuesday at a hearing on the aggravated indecent-assault charge against Cosby that his 2005 announcement not to file criminal charges amounted to a pledge that his office, and his successors, had dropped the case forever.
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February 4, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bruce L. Castor Jr. told a judge Tuesday that he couldn't remember every detail from his decade-old investigation of Bill Cosby, but on one point the former Montgomery County district attorney was certain: His 2006 declaration that he would not pursue sex-assault charges on claims by a former Temple University employee amounted to a pledge that none of his successors would, either. "Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted at all - ever - as far as I was concerned," Castor said. "My belief was that I had the power to make such a statement.
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February 1, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bruce L. Castor Jr. has said he thought Bill Cosby was guilty. He has said he would like a chance to prosecute the comedian himself. But Castor has also said his declaration that he would not charge Cosby in 2005 - when he had the chance as Montgomery County district attorney - might prevent prosecutors from now pursuing their sexual-assault case against the comedian. How Castor reconciles these positions is likely to play a central role Tuesday at the first pivotal court hearing since Cosby's arrest last month.
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January 24, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
A Montgomery County judge on Friday said he would limit a Feb. 2 hearing to arguments by Bill Cosby's lawyers that the District Attorney's Office violated a 2005 non-prosecution agreement when it charged the entertainer with sexual assault last month. With his one-paragraph order, Judge Steven T. O'Neill turned aside a request by District Attorney Kevin Steele for the case to proceed first with a preliminary evidentiary hearing. O'Neill wrote that he would not hear arguments on other matters raised by Cosby's defense, limiting the hearing to the issue that has become a pivotal question in the case.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Months before prosecutors in Norristown filed the first sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby last year, Montgomery County's former district attorney sought to persuade his successor to abandon the investigation. In a Sept. 23 email reviewed by The Inquirer, Bruce L. Castor Jr. told then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman that he had struck a deal 10 years earlier never to criminally prosecute the comedian for an alleged 2004 attack on a Temple University employee. Castor wrote that, at the time, he hoped his decision would facilitate accuser Andrea Constand's efforts to depose Cosby in a civil suit she planned to file against him. Now, a Common Pleas Court judge has been asked to decide whether that agreement existed and, if it did, whether it protects Cosby from the three counts of aggravated indecent assault filed against him last month.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | Christine Flowers, Daily News
Prosecutions are like snowflakes, no two the same. Sometimes, you have a low-profile drunken-driving case where the defendant is a first-time offender, the district attorney doesn't have too much skin in the game and is willing to offer a plea deal, and no one except the parties involved will ever know about it. And then there are those cases that catapult a prosecutor into the cable-news firmament, cementing his or her status as a legal and political...
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December 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer for Griffin Campbell, the demolition contractor found guilty in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse, filed an emergency motion Thursday asking that the verdict be overturned because of "selective racial prosecution. " At issue, defense lawyer William D. Hobson contends, is that the Philadelphia grand jury probe that led to charges against Campbell and excavator operator Sean Benschop was supervised by Assistant District Attorney Frank Fina. Fina is the former state prosecutor accused by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane of using government computers to swap pornography and racial and ethnic jokes among a group of fellow state prosecutors and state officials, including Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin.
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December 12, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County man pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder of an unborn child - a seldom-used charge - in a Chester County crash last year in which a pregnant woman was injured. Remington Simmons, 30, of Boothwyn, who also pleaded guilty in Chester County Court to driving under the influence, was sentenced to 3½ to 7 years in state prison. Simmons' attorney and the prosecution negotiated the plea agreement. Prosecutor Jonathan Harrar called the sentence "a just result.
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November 7, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia prosecutor ended her case Thursday after four days of testimony in the trial of John Hart, accused of stalking and harassing CBS3 news anchor Erika von Tiehl in 2011 after she ended their brief relationship. The announcement by Assistant District Attorney Lauren Katona was part of a contentious day in which the jury mostly remained behind closed doors while defense lawyer Jack McMahon argued angrily with his client and Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright over several evidentiary issues.
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October 23, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
CHAKA FATTAH JR. was cross-examining a witness who eight years ago had sought out his business, when the man blurted out: "You stole $10,000 from me when I was in high school! Can I have my money back?" Fattah, 32, defending himself in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on 23 counts of bank- and tax-fraud charges, ignored Kevin Corrigan's angry outburst yesterday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray had called Corrigan, 27, to testify about his attempts to get a highly sought-after American Express card through Fattah's American Royalty company.
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