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March 30, 1996 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After myriad faxes, legal jousts, sharp words and a news conference or two, Philadelphia and Florida have ended their war over who will charge Berto Ordaz with murdering his girlfriend and driving the body to a Miami suburb. District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham threw in the towel and said Philadelphia would do it. She authorized city police to issue an arrest warrant for Ordaz, a North Philadelphia man who officials say drove his girlfriend's corpse south to Florida in January and left her body in his van in a Miami suburb.
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January 14, 1999 | by Dave Rachers, Daily News Staff Writer
The judge lost his cool when the prosecutor took a stand. Assistant District Attorney Kelley Marie Dreyer-Spitz was jailed yesterday by Municipal Judge Matthew F. Coppolino after objecting to his allowing a convicted drunken driver to serve his mandatory 30-day jail term on weekends, then refusing to sit down as ordered. "Put her back there [in the cellblock]," shouted Coppolino to a sheriff's deputy yesterday. "She's in contempt of court. " As Dreyer-Spitz was led from the room, Coppolino demanded that her boss be summoned.
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January 13, 1987 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
After six years as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, including three years uprooting corruption in the Police Department, Howard Klein is leaving the U.S. attorney's office. By Friday, Klein will have packed his bags to become a partner in the Center City law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky and McCauley. "It's time to move on," said Klein, 36, a widely respected prosecutor who has spent the last year as chief of the criminal division supervising 45 trial lawyers for U.S. Attorney Edward S.G. Dennis Jr. Those who got to know him by his work in the U.S. Courthouse - agents, other prosecutors, defense attorneys - say Klein was a talented, aggressive and fair advocate for the government.
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May 11, 1988 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
One of prosecutor Brian McMonagle's greatest fans is a man he has put behind bars - twice. Abdul Rasheed, 40, also known as Charles Fields, first became a McMonagle fan a few months ago. That's when McMonagle prosecuted Rasheed for rape and won a conviction and an eight-year jail term. At that time, Rasheed told McMonagle: "I really like you. I want you to do my homicide case. " Since then, McMonagle has been reassigned from the rape division to the homicide unit, and, as fate would have it, he was ordered to try Rasheed for the murder of Thaddeus Garback, 62, on June 22, 1986.
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January 2, 1990 | By Mike Franolich and Tom Torok, Special to The Inquirer
Two armed men in a car in Camden fired at a car carrying Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell last night, but the prosecutor was not injured, according to authorities. Authorities said Asbell apparently returned fire with a shotgun and may have wounded one or both of the assailants after blowing out a passenger window with birdshot. Police last night were seeking two men in a green Toyota Corolla in the incident. Details of the shooting were sketchy last night.
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July 17, 1990 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Dianna Marder contributed to this article
Dennis G. Wixted, who recently resigned as first assistant prosecutor for Camden County, will join the Camden law firm of Sufrin & Zucker in about a month, an attorney in the firm said yesterday. Attorney Jeffrey Zucker said plans were being finalized to make Wixted an associate in the firm. Wixted is helping to complete the transition of county prosecutors and is expected to join the law firm in mid-August or early September, Zucker said. "We're looking to expand our practice . . . and Dennis is a real good trial lawyer," Zucker said.
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July 10, 1991 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
In an unusual move yesterday, the area's chief federal prosecutor criticized a federal judge for greatly reducing the prison terms of four corrupt former Philadelphia police officers, all members of the notorious Five Squad. U.S. Attorney Michael M. Baylson asked the judge to reconsider his decision. Although acknowledging the court has discretion to reduce prison terms, Baylson said U.S. District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer had acted "in error. " Last month the judge said the 15-year prison terms he imposed last year on three of the officers were too harsh, and cut their sentences to five years.
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May 20, 2008 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Corzine nominated trial lawyer Warren W. Faulk yesterday to become the next Camden County prosecutor, potentially filling a seat that has been vacant for more than two years. If approved by the state Senate, Faulk, 63, would become the county's top law enforcement official, in charge of an office of more than 200 people. The prosecutor also oversees the Camden police. The state attorney general ordered the department's takeover in 2003. "I appreciate the governor's confidence in me," Faulk said yesterday.
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January 6, 1990 | By Ellen O'Brien and Peter Finn, Special to The Inquirer Inquirer staff writer John Way Jennings and correspondent Laurie Kalmanson also contributed to this article
Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell's sudden resignation left South Jersey churning yesterday. And as the news spread, the story of his desperate, five-day escapade took on the tone of a morality tale for those who knew and worked with him. Police officials across the county swamped the prosecutor's office telephone lines with commiserating messages after Asbell's resignation was made public, according to First Assistant Prosecutor Dennis G....
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September 1, 1991 | By Frank Brown, Special to The Inquirer
Two law school classmates of Richard Barbour, the Burlington County assistant prosecutor killed in April at a Society Hill cash machine, have started a memorial fund in his name at the Rutgers School of Law in Camden. "After the wake, I knew we would have to do something," said Peter Cuddihy, who, along with Ruth Rifkin, has organized the effort to establish a memorial fund. "Rick was the type of person who merited that. " The award will be given out annually at the law school's commencement to a student who plans to work in a prosecutor's or district attorney's office, said Cuddihy, a lawyer in private practice who graduated with Barbour in 1989.
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June 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer representing the family of Brandon Tate-Brown - the 26-year-old man shot by police late last year - on Monday called for the district attorney to reopen a criminal investigation into the Frankford man's death. Brian Mildenberg said differences between initial police accounts of the incident and an internal report on the shooting made public last week warranted a second look at the case. District Attorney Seth Williams said he did not plan to reopen the investigation. "What happened was tragic, but not criminal," he said in a statement Monday afternoon.
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June 4, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A PROSECUTOR told a Common Pleas jury yesterday that a "neighborhood fixture," a man who was known and beloved by everybody on his North Philly block, was killed four years ago because he just happened to be in the line of fire of a gunman aiming to kill another man. James Hall, 57, died on Sept. 9, 2011, on York Street near Fairhill, on the block where he lived. Charged with murder and weapons offenses in his death is Calvin Atkerson, 23. Assistant District Attorney Alisa Shver said in her opening statement that Atkerson was aiming to kill Jasper Washington, then 21, that September day. The two had been arguing and there was bad blood between them, the prosecutor said.
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June 4, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Ensuring that Pennsylvania nursing homes provide high-quality care is a worthy pursuit. But Attorney General Kathleen Kane's efforts to do so are tainted by a secretive no-bid contract benefiting a campaign contributor. The Washington law firm Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll offered to act as a sort of bounty hunter for the Attorney General's Office, investigating government-financed nursing homes to determine if they employ enough staff to adequately care for patients. The state could seek fines from those that don't meet requirements.
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May 29, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph J. Connolly, 73, of Gladwyne, a respected Philadelphia lawyer and former Watergate prosecutor, died Friday, May 22, of a heart ailment after pulling over his car while driving home from work. He had battled heart trouble for several years. Since 2009, Mr. Connolly had been a partner at Stevens & Lee P.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance. He also was general counsel to the companies of the PFM Group in Philadelphia. The son of James J. Connolly, a seven-term Republican congressman from Philadelphia, he was a gifted scholar-athlete who graduated from the William Penn Charter School at age 16. He went on to complete the course work at the University of Pennsylvania in three years, graduating in 1962, and earned a degree from Penn's law school in 1965.
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May 22, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The veteran district attorney prosecuting alleged cop killer Eric Frein lost a primary challenge Tuesday, setting the stage for the high-profile capital case to be taken over by a first-time prosecutor. Kelly Gaughan, a family-law attorney, defeated two-term incumbent Ray Tonkin by 192 votes in the hotly contested Pike County Republican primary, according to unofficial results. But Tonkin has not given up. Unofficial results showed he won a write-in campaign for district attorney on the Democratic ballot with 442 votes.
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May 18, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former city prosecutor has charged in a complaint to the state Supreme Court that the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office knowingly used a police officer as witness in an untold number of cases although he admitted committing perjury. "Thousands of defendants were not afforded their proper due process rights," former Assistant District Attorney Andrew Justin Thomson said in his complaint dated Wednesday. Thomson's complaint to the high court's Disciplinary Board alleged the District Attorney's Office allowed Officer Christopher Hulmes to testify for more than three years after he admitted in 2011 to a city judge that he perjured himself in a case he was involved with.
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May 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confronted repeatedly by his own laughter and voice discussing trial strategy with his girlfriend on recorded prison phone calls, Bucks County exterminator Jason Smith struggled Tuesday to rebut a prosecutor's claim that he killed pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti and burned her body. Smith, 39, of Levittown, shifted uneasily on the witness stand as Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Selber played a recording of his March 20, 2013, telephone call with Shannon Mooney, the mother of his then-4-year-old daughter.
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May 14, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
PROSECUTOR Jennifer Selber remembers the day in January 2013 when Melissa Ketunuti, a 35-year-old doctor who dedicated her life's work to caring for sick children, was found strangled, bound and burned in the basement of her Southwest Center City apartment. But it's not because she's an assistant district attorney, Selber told a jury of six women and six men yesterday during her closing argument at the trial of murder suspect Jason Smith. "I remember the day that Dr. Melissa Ketunuti was killed.
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May 8, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
DR. MELISSA Ketunuti spent the last moments of her life in her damp, concrete-floored basement, begging for mercy as a killer strangled the life out of her. That's what Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim told a jury yesterday during his impassioned opening statement at the trial of Jason Smith, 39. Smith is accused of killing Ketunuti, a promising doctor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in a fit of rage and then setting her body...
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May 2, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia prosecutor who is running for judge has agreed to pay a $300 ethics fine for raising money for her campaign while working for the city. Deborah Watson-Stokes, a lawyer in the District Attorney's Office from 1990 to February 2015, admitted she violated the City Charter by soliciting campaign funds and taking part in political activity on the job. On Thursday, she settled an Ethics Board complaint against her by agreeing to pay the fine. City rules prohibit most employees from fund-raising or taking part in political activity on the job. Watson-Stokes officially submitted her resignation Jan. 15 but continued to work in the District Attorney's Office until Feb. 6, the day when she had scheduled a joint retirement party and fund-raiser for her judicial campaign, the Ethics Board found.
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