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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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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 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 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 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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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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