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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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May 21, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - The special prosecutor hired by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to investigate the chain of pornographic emails exchanged among state prosecutors, judges, and others will release his preliminary findings by early next month. Douglas Gansler said he would issue an "interim report" in the first few days of June - possibly earlier - that will focus on messages sent by judges or other judicial-branch employees from 2008 through 2015 that contained sexually explicit images, offensive jokes, or other objectionable content.
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May 21, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer was justified in shooting a driver who tried to run him over and will not face charges, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday. Edgar Carrasquillo, 33, of Camden, was shot multiple times but survived the incident on Aug. 20, 2014. The Prosecutor's Office investigated the officer's use of force, as is standard procedure in police-involved shootings, and released its findings Thursday. The Prosecutor's Office did not identify the officers involved.
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May 20, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a person in connection with a Camden homicide early Wednesday and two shooting incidents that occurred within a three-hour period. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office released an image of the person and an older-model SUV on Wednesday. Authorities advised the public to consider occupants of the vehicle to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the person or vehicle should call 911 immediately, authorities said.
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May 15, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden teenager fatally shot a 13-year-old boy as he walked away from a van in January, and used the same weapon - a .380 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic handgun - with which she had shot another person in October, prosecutors said Friday. Casche Alford, 17, had been waived to adult court for her arraignment in Superior Court in Camden, where she appeared in black pants and a longsleeve polo sports jersey, with her wrists in handcuffs. Alford, charged with murder, has been in a juvenile detention facility since Jan. 9. Authorities said she killed Nathaniel Plummer Jr. on Jan. 7 in the 2900 block of Line Street, near his grandmother's home.
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May 7, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer and Melanie Burney, STAFF WRITERS
The Somerset County, N.J., prosecutor said Thursday that his office was investigating allegations outlined in a recently filed civil lawsuit that evidence was destroyed during the investigation into the deaths of Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife. Acting Prosecutor Michael Robertson, who took office March 7, confirmed Thursday that an internal affairs investigation began last fall, when the allegations were first made by the veteran detective who filed the suit last month.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The morning that 3-year-old Brendan Creato was reported missing in Haddon Township, sparking a massive search by residents and authorities, a K-9 dog tracked his scent using one of Brendan's Mickey Mouse slippers. The police dog led investigators down Cooper Street, into woods near South Park Drive, down a dirt path, to a creek where Brendan's body was partially submerged. Brendan was wearing pajamas and socks, and the socks were clean. The site was three-quarters of a mile from his father's apartment, where he was last said to have been seen.
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May 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116@Lmccrystal
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Monday assailed Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's latest bid to dismiss the criminal case against her, calling frivolous and irrelevant her claim that she is the victim of a selective and vindictive prosecution. In a court filing, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Kane's argument, which they called "yet another chapter in her wearied feud" with former state investigators who they say have no influence on the current case. Kane faces an August trial on perjury and other charges after allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to a Daily News reporter and later lying about it under oath.
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May 1, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
A former South Jersey mail carrier pleaded guilty Friday for his role in stealing income-tax refund checks totaling $442,776, authorities announced. Earl Champagne, 47, of Willingboro, admitted his role in the conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in federal court in Camden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. Champagne admitted stealing U.S. Treasury checks from the mail from March 2014 to July 24, 2014, and giving them to others, the prosecutor said. He admitted stealing 72 checks.
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April 15, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The sign outside his Southwest Philadelphia overseas shipping business proclaims Mohammed Jabbateh to be "Professional. Reliable. Trusted. " Federal authorities Wednesday offered another label to describe him: war criminal. In an indictment filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors accused the 49-year-old East Lansdowne man of lying to U.S. immigration officials about his past as a rebel commander responsible for atrocities during Liberia's back-to-back civil wars. Under the nom de guerre "Jungle Jabbah," they said, Jabbateh carried out or oversaw the murders of civilians, the sexual enslavement of women, and the conscription of child soldiers during the years-long, multifaction conflict that roiled his native country between 1989 and 2003.
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April 14, 2016 | By John Baer
LET'S TAKE a peek at the race for attorney general. It's overshadowed by contests for president and U.S. Senate. But it offers insights into Pennsylvania's geopolitics and Philadelphia's clout. Also, it's about an office that's both stepping-stone and banana peel. Of the five elected A.G.s since 1980 (previously, the post was appointed), three ran for governor (Ernie Preate, Mike Fisher, and Tom Corbett); one, Corbett, became governor; and two were charged with crimes. Preate went to prison; current A.G. Kathleen Kane awaits trial.
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