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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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July 31, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE JUNE 2011 jailhouse murder of Philadelphia inmate Earl Bostic was "vicious, just completely vicious," said the prosecutor who brought his attackers to justice. "It just shows that even prison won't protect people from guys like this," Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano said yesterday. "It will only protect the rest of us. " Rashawn Edwards, 25, and Jalik Peay, 22, two of the five defendants convicted in connection to the stabbing of Bostic, 42, and two other inmates inside the city's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, were sentenced yesterday to long stays in state prison.
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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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April 15, 2015 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO & BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
BRUCE CASTOR Jr. is a busy guy who just got busier. The Montgomery County commissioner, who also works as a private lawyer and is campaigning to be county district attorney, was sworn in Friday as a special deputy district attorney in Centre County. That's the home of Penn State University, for those of you who don't get out much. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, who appointed Castor to the post, has fought allegations since last year of impropriety, including claims that she forged a judge's signature on a bail order and pressured her employees to campaign for her re-election while on county time.
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March 30, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Jonathan Tamari, Melanie Burney, and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
A prosecutor's finding that Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. killed his wife, set their bedroom on fire, and took his own life added significant new details to the circumstances surrounding the couple's mysterious deaths. It won't be the final word. Instead, the detailed seven-page report by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and the scathing response from the couple's four sons - itself full of new information - set up what promises to be an emotionally charged fight over the handling of the case and authorities' conclusion in the deaths of two people long tied to New Jersey's elite political and civic circles.
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March 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 21-YEAR-OLD man who last month cursed at and got into a courtroom brawl with a deputy sheriff tried to get a hold of that deputy's gun in a secure hallway adjacent to the courtroom, a prosecutor said yesterday. Arkel Garcia was convicted by a jury on Feb. 17 of second-degree murder, robbery and a firearms offense in the Nov. 30, 2013, shooting death of Christian Massey, 21, a special-needs man who graduated from Marple Newtown High School and was known as a "gentle giant. " Garcia had shot Massey in an Overbrook alley in an attempt to rob Massey of his $300 Beats by Dre headphones.
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March 27, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Law enforcement officials have evidence that both Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams fired fatal shots in the murder of Officer Robert Wilson III, prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that they were weighing whether to seek the death penalty in the case. A preliminary hearing for the two men, scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed at the prosecution's request because the investigation is continuing. Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley said a daylong hearing is scheduled for May 20. Video from inside the GameStop store where Wilson was killed, plus testimony from a dozen witnesses, will be presented, he said.
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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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