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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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February 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter M. Phillips Jr., 76, a tireless prosecutor whose efforts to root out public corruption in the 1970s shook the foundations of Philadelphia's Democratic politics, died Saturday, Feb. 7, of complications from earlier open-heart surgery. His career as a city, state, and federal prosecutor pitted him against New York mobsters and politicians such as former Pennsylvania State Sen. Henry J. "Buddy" Cianfrani. His drive to pursue graft at all costs at times laid him low, such as when he turned his investigative zeal on officials close to the administration that appointed him - and later fired him - as a state special prosecutor charged with rooting out police and political corruption in the city.
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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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March 19, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER A CONTENTIOUS hearing yesterday, a judge granted a request by prosecutors to withdraw more counts and an additional alleged "episode" of wrongdoing in an indictment against six ex-narcotics cops accused of conspiring to rob alleged drug dealers. The pretrial hearing before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno was heard before jury selection began yesterday in the racketeering-conspiracy trial of the six ex-cops: alleged ringleader Thomas Liciardello, 38; Brian Reynolds, 43; Michael Spicer, 47; Perry Betts, 47; Linwood Norman, 47; and John Speiser, 42. The July 29 indictment lists 22 "episodes" of alleged wrongdoing when the six were on duty from Feb. 28, 2006, to Nov. 7, 2012.
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March 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Is Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane trying to put herself beyond the reach of the law? Or is it a special prosecutor who is operating in illegal territory? That's the issue Pennsylvania's Supreme Court will take up Wednesday as it hears oral arguments in Kane's challenge to the special prosecutor who wants her arrested for allegedly violating grand-jury secrecy laws. The five justices - two of the court's seats are currently vacant - will hear from lawyers for Kane and special prosecutor Thomas E. Carluccio in a case crucial to Kane's personal and political future.
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February 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHRISTIAN MASSEY, a "big guy" and "gentle giant," was ambushed by a gunman who wanted to rob Massey of his headphones two days after Thanksgiving 2013, a prosecutor told a Common Pleas jury yesterday. Massey, 21, a special-needs man who was mainstreamed into Marple Newtown High and graduated from the Delaware County school, had just bought his $300 Beats by Dr. Dre headphones at a Best Buy on that Black Friday after Thanksgiving. He was a "tech kid" and loved his new headphones, Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley said.
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February 11, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
After probing how a politically connected firefighter was named Westampton Township's fire chief and EMS director, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office has found that the township committee violated the Open Public Meetings Act when it appointed Jason Carty to the $90,000 post without adequate notice to the public. In a letter dated Feb. 5, Assistant Prosecutor Thaddeus E. Drummond said the committee held a special Friday-night meeting on Dec. 12, 2014, without giving the 48 hours written notice required by the act, known as the Sunshine Law. Instead, a notice of a "special meeting" appeared in the Burlington County Times that day. The notice said the meeting was closed to the public but "action may be taken.
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February 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BUDDY CIANFRANI had it in for Wally Phillips. Phillips, a highly regarded crusading prosecutor on the local, state and federal levels whose forte was going after public figures, had his eye on Cianfrani as a special prosecutor in 1974. Henry J. "Buddy" Cianfrani, then a state senator with lots of political pull, scoffed at Phillips' efforts to nail him. He famously boasted, "If he can't get me, what kind of an investigator is he?" Walter M. "Wally" Phillips Jr., who died Saturday at age 76, had been named a special prosecutor by Gov. Milton Shapp to investigate police corruption in Philadelphia and any political figures who got in the way. Phillips called Cianfrani the "Big Cannelloni.
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February 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter M. Phillips Jr., 76, a tireless prosecutor whose efforts to root out public corruption in the 1970s shook the foundations of Philadelphia's Democratic politics, died Saturday, Feb. 7, of complications from earlier open-heart surgery. His career as a city, state, and federal prosecutor pitted him against New York mobsters and politicians such as former Pennsylvania State Sen. Henry J. "Buddy" Cianfrani. His drive to pursue graft at all costs at times laid him low, such as when he turned his investigative zeal on officials close to the administration that appointed him - and later fired him - as a state special prosecutor charged with rooting out police and political corruption in the city.
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February 6, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said in legal papers Wednesday that the special prosecutor who built a criminal case against her lacked any legal authority and that his work should be discarded as unlawful. Her lawyers noted that the state law authorizing the appointment of special prosecutors expired a dozen years ago. Under current law, they said, only the attorney general can lead a statewide investigative grand jury. This, they said, rendered invalid the decision by a Montgomery County Court judge to appoint lawyer Thomas E. Carluccio as a special prosecutor to investigate whether Kane illegally leaked secret material in an apparent bid to embarrass a critic.
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February 5, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ten-year-old Charlenni Ferreira died more than five years ago, but the only thing that's certain is that her life was a living hell of beatings and sexual abuse. On Tuesday, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury began hearing evidence to decide whether she was killed by her stepmother, her father, or both. Seated at the defense table is the girl's stepmother, Margarita Garabito, 48, who a prosecutor said hated her new husband's child. "She hated this child and she wanted this child dead and out of her life," Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano told the jury of seven men and five women in his opening statement.
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January 29, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Eric Frein, the man accused of shooting two Pennsylvania state troopers in Pike County in September. Though Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin had said he intended to seek the death penalty in the case, he made it official by filing a formal notice in court Tuesday. "We anticipated that he would file the notice seeking the death penalty, and so it's not a surprise," said Michael Weinstein, one of Frein's court-appointed attorneys.
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January 25, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIDGETON, N.J. - The mayor of Bridgeton and civic leaders on Friday backed an investigation by local prosecutors of a fatal police shooting last month that caused further controversy this week when a dashboard camera video of the encounter was released. Some civil rights activists have urged the state Attorney General's Office to take over the probe, alleging a conflict of interest at the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office. "I truly believe in the Prosecutor's Office," Mayor Albert Kelly said during a news conference at police headquarters.
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