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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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June 9, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Frank Fina, the former top state prosecutor who won convictions of nearly two dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Harrisburg, but was later caught up in a scandal over pornographic emails, has resigned from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Fina said he would pursue a second career as a criminal defense lawyer and investigator, working for corporate clients and others. He submitted a letter of resignation May 9 and officially left June 1. District Attorney Seth Williams "wishes Mr. Fina the best after his many decades of service" as a prosecutor, a spokesman for Williams said Tuesday.
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July 26, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
One Sunday earlier this year, Jean Celestin was taking his daughters to a party in West Deptford Township. On the front seat of his green Volvo was a wrapped birthday present. Behind him, Justine, 8, and Jeanelle, 3, were in child seats. At the wheel, Celestin, a U.S. citizen who was born in Haiti and now lives in Swedesboro, was glued to his GPS. Big mistake. Instead of taking him to the Delaware River's edge for the party, he said, it led him into the riverside complex of Solvay Solexis, an international chemical company, on a parallel road.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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August 17, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Prosecutors told jurors Monday that damning testimony against Attorney General Kathleen Kane by her coconspirators was backed up by phone records, emails, texts and a FBI wiretap, while a lawyer for Kane attacked her accusers as liars "who will say whatever they need to protect themselves. " The jury of six men and six women began deliberating Kane's fate Monday afternoon on two felony charges of perjury and 10 misdemeanors that essentially charge her with abusing the powers of her office to plant a newspaper story to embarrass a critic.
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August 8, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
The final act of the Kathleen Kane drama is at hand. Almost four years after her landslide victory to become Pennsylvania's first Democratic attorney general, and after her popularity collapsed amid reports of dropped criminal cases and vendettas against enemies, Kane is to go on trial Monday on a dozen counts of perjury, official oppression, and other crimes. Kane says she is being railroaded by a male power structure intent on hiding its exchanges of pornography and looking out for each other.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's bid to have her upcoming perjury trial forestalled is "a thinly veiled eleventh-hour attempt to stall the wheels of justice and avoid the public determination of her guilt," prosecutors said Wednesday. In a filing with the state Supreme Court, Montgomery County prosecutors urged the justices to reject Kane's request that they dismiss the charges against her. Kane, the state's highest-ranking law enforcement official, is scheduled to go on trial next week on charges of perjury, obstruction, official oppression, and other crimes.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
The perpetually wayward Hershey Trust was an early focus of candidate Kathleen Kane's vows to be a tough top prosecutor. Her subsequent settlement with the chocolate-fueled charity as a newly minted attorney general - a capitulation that possessed all the toughness of a peanut butter cup - was one of the first signs that she would not live up to her promises. It's fitting, then, that here at the bitter end of her tenure, Kane has just signed off on what appears to be another sweet deal for Hershey, as the Inquirer's Bob Fernandez reported last week.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
A prosecutor in Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's looming criminal trial told a judge Tuesday that Kane's request to tell a jury about her unearthing of offensive emails would mire jurors in "a distraction, a red herring. " But Kane's lawyers said she needed the option of telling the jury about pornographic emails swapped by members of her agency before she took office. Kane is to go on trial Aug. 8 on charges of perjury, official oppression, and other offenses. Prosecutors say she lied about leaking confidential documents to the Daily News to plant a June 2014 story to embarrass a political foe, former state prosecutor Frank Fina.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
On Tuesday evening, dozens of Collingswood parents clad in matching blue will descend upon the Collingswood Senior Community Center, demanding answers from the school district and borough and law enforcement officials on a controversial policy to report nearly all incidents of student misbehavior to police. The 7 p.m. public forum - which many parents consider long overdue - will include Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, Mayor James Maley, School Superintendent Scott Oswald, Police Chief Kevin Carey, and School Board President David Routzahn.
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July 23, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Staff Writer
Prosecutors want to block Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from contending at her perjury trial that the charges against her were brought in retaliation for her campaign to expose the swapping of pornography on state computers. In court papers Thursday, prosecutors called Kane's assertion that she had been targeted for prosecution "incredible," "legally and logically irrelevant," and designed to distract jurors from the facts of the case. "There is simply no legitimate, relevant purpose to presenting evidence of pornography" during her trial on charges of perjury, conspiracy, abuse of office and other crimes, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele wrote in court filings.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
CLEVELAND - It wasn't the role he had hoped for. But while Gov. Christie didn't address the Republican National Convention as the party's new presidential nominee Tuesday night - or as that nominee's running mate - he might have given the same speech if he were. "As a former federal prosecutor, I welcome the opportunity to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her performance and her character," said Christie, who previously served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey. He then launched into a speech that would stir one of the stronger reactions of the night from the crowd that had nominated Donald Trump for president earlier inside the Quicken Loans Arena.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Michael Boren, STAFF WRITER
When a Bridgeton, N.J., police officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop in December 2014 — in an encounter that garnered national attention when the dashcam video became public — the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office investigated whether the officer used justified force, as is standard procedure in New Jersey. But there was a problem. Officer Braheme Days, who fired the shots that killed 36-year-old Jerame Reid, had been a basketball coach for the son of Jennifer Webb-McRae, the county's prosecutor.
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July 13, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
Collingswood school officials, borough leaders, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office will hold a public meeting July 26 to discuss "recent issues involving the schools and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office," the borough announced Monday. The meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the Collingswood Senior Community Center, comes after weeks of parent outcry over a new district policy under which schools reported 22 incidents of sometimes minor student misconduct to local police between May 25 and the end of school on June 17. School district officials and law enforcement said they were following a new directive from the Prosecutor's Office to report nearly every incident of student misbehavior, but the Prosecutor's Office denied issuing any such instructions.
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