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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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July 11, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
A FEDERAL JUDGE denied motions for acquittal for six former Traffic Court judges and a Chinatown businessman yesterday, on the eve of the defense presenting its case. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel ruled that sufficient evidence existed to support charges of conspiracy for all seven defendants. Prosecutors rested their case yesterday afternoon in the Philadelphia Traffic Court judges' months-long ticket-fixing trial. Lawyers for former judges Michael Sullivan, Robert Mulgrew, Michael Lowry, Mark Bruno, Willie Singletary and Thomasine Tynes and Chinatown businessman Robert Moy are expected to call character and other witnesses starting today.
NEWS
June 20, 2014
A MAN DIES in the street and another man is charged. A jury is impaneled and for three days listens to the prosecution's version of events. Before presenting his case, the defense attorney appeals to the judge for an acquittal and she takes the uncommon step of dismissing the case. The victim was an off-duty cop. The accused worked for Wells Fargo. They had a history - the accused was involved with the dead man's ex-girlfriend. The prosecution's case was this: In 2012, there was a late-night collision between a car driven by Kareem Alleyne and a bicycle ridden by Marc Brady, 35, an off-duty cop. Brady died from injuries and Alleyne was charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Goldstein sees momentum in the battle to legalize marijuana. As a paid blogger with NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and an activist who later worked on New Jersey's medical-marijuana law and Philadelphia's decriminalization bill, he has been caught up in a swirl of hearings, media conferences, and street theater for more than a decade. Goldstein, a 38-year-old Willingboro resident, says the groundwork has been laid. But for him, the effort came with an unanticipated setback.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey regulators are cracking down on unscrupulous electricity suppliers after a winter of discontent that brought a tenfold increase in consumer complaints. The Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved a memorandum of understanding with the state Attorney General's Division of Consumer Affairs that spells out the roles the agencies will take to prosecute suppliers for illegal marketing practices. BPU president Dianne Solomon said the agreement set forth "our cooperative efforts in the investigation and, if appropriate, the prosecution of third-party suppliers for advertising, marketing, and contracting practices that are alleged to be in violation of consumer standards.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors in the murder trial of Anthony Nicodemo, who is accused gunning down Gino DiPietro on a South Philadelphia street in 2012, rested Monday after presenting forensic evidence that they say links the reputed mob soldier to the brazen daylight killing. The first expert called by Assistant District Attorney Brian Zarallo was Philadelphia police forensic scientist Lissette Vega. Vega said Nicodemo's DNA was found on a soda bottle inside his 2011 black Honda Pilot, which was used by DiPietro's assailants in a drive-by shooting on South Iseminger Street about 2:55 p.m. Dec. 12, 2012.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
TWO MEMBERS of a West Philadelphia gang were convicted by a jury yesterday in the May 2012 street-corner murder of a teen bystander. The Common Pleas jury of seven women and five men took less than three hours to find Elijah Fleming, 26, and Justin Brown, 23, members of the 64th and Callowhill Street gang, guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy and the illegal use of a firearm in the death of Yasin Harvey, 16. The teen was shot four times...
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March 3, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
DEFENSE ATTORNEY A. Charles Peruto Jr. yesterday accused District Attorney Seth Williams of investigating state Rep. J.P. Miranda and charging him with a crime because they "were both dating the same girl at the same time. " A spokeswoman for Williams called that claim "ludicrous. " Peruto spoke after a preliminary hearing, in which Municipal Court Judge David Shuter held for trial three felonies filed on Jan. 27 against Miranda and his sister, Michelle Wilson. They are accused of using a "ghost employee" to funnel state payroll money to Wilson after Miranda was told he could not hire her to serve on his staff.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his Chestnut Hill Quaker meetinghouse construction site was torched in December 2012, builder Robert Reeves Jr. immediately knew whom to blame. Weeks of aggressive confrontation with members of the Philadelphia ironworkers' union had led up to the attack. But despite his confidence in their involvement, he remained reluctant to pursue a criminal case. "This type of retaliation has been going on all of my lifetime, my entire career," he said. "What was going to change here?"
NEWS
February 14, 2014
WHEN Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to defend the state's anti-gay marriage statute last year, it seemed she could be the political messiah who'd drag Pennsylvania into the realm of progress - especially if she ran, as anticipated, for governor. That impression was shattered the following month, when she inexplicably prosecuted a dutiful, loving daughter for allegedly assisting her father's suicide. Kane lost the case this week against Philadelphia nurse Barbara Mancini, which was thrown out by Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline Russell.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal prosecutor Tuesday asked jurors in the fraud trial of charter school founder Dorothy June Brown to recall the testimony and evidence presented over 15 days. In a three-hour closing argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Costello highlighted the statements made by phantom members of charter school boards, fabricated minutes for meetings that had never occurred, and phony contracts with Brown's management firms - documents that had been backdated, that no boards had ever approved, that contained forged signatures.
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