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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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September 19, 2016
ISSUE | PORNGATE Remove the guilty judges and prosecutors Former U.S. attorney Peter Vaira's commentary was right on the mark ("Beemer's task: Get truth out about porn scandal," Wednesday). Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane paid a very high price for going after the old-boy legal system in the state. These judges and prosecutors (as far as I can tell, all men) charged, tried, or sat in judgment of people they were ridiculing in their emails. And, as Vaira pointed out, these were officials who knew better, and their behavior compromised the judicial system.
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September 11, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
William R. Toal Jr., 83, of West Chester, a retired Delaware County Court judge and a former prosecutor, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, at his home. He suffered from polymyositis, an inflammatory disease affecting the muscles, and died from complications related to the disease, son John said. Judge Toal was elected a judge in 1973 and then president judge in 1990. Three years later, he was appointed senior judge by the state Supreme Court and served until 2010, when he retired. Before his time on the bench, he worked in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office and rose to the rank of first assistant.
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September 8, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County prosecutors on Tuesday asked the judge overseeing Bill Cosby's sex-assault case to let them call as witnesses 13 women who say the entertainer attacked them, potentially transforming the trial by airing sexual-misconduct allegations that span decades. Cosby's lawyers immediately signaled their intention to fight the request, which they said would represent the "trampling" of his civil rights. The women, who were not publicly identified, were selected from a group of more than 50 who have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual abuse, prosecutors said.
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September 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Bill Cosby suspected he was being recorded when he called Andrea Constand's mother in 2005 with an offer to cover her graduate-school tuition, prosecutors say. So when asked about the night that he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted Constand, he quickly brushed off the question. "No, no, no, no, no," Cosby replied when Constand's mother repeated a question she previously asked him about what pills the entertainer had given her daughter. "We can talk about what you asked for later.
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September 3, 2016 | By Tom Marino
By Tom Marino The Department of Justice has proven time and again that it cannot act as an unbiased enforcer of the law when it comes to investigating the corrupt Clinton machine. Instead, the attorney general and the political appointees at the Justice Department have acted as a political arm for President Obama and his administration. Their actions have continuously ignored our rule of law in order to protect Hillary Clinton and the White House. Unfortunately, this is not speculation.
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August 26, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Roger King, 72, a towering figure in Philadelphia law enforcement during a decades-long career as a top homicide prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, in hospice care in Wyndmoor. The cause of death was metastatic kidney cancer, said his wife, Sharon Wainright. He had battled the disease for two years. "Roger had a heart of gold," Wainright said. "He was very proud of the work that he had done. " Mr. King spent three decades prosecuting homicides in Philadelphia, including some of the city's most notorious cases, such as the conviction of David Dickson Jr., a former Drexel University security guard with a foot fetish who strangled a 20-year-old student in 1984.
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August 26, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Court filings made public Wednesday outline state prosecutors' arguments to proceed with criminal charges against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators for failing to report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children. Superior Court in January threw out the most serious charges against ex-president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley - perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. But prosecutors last week argued that the men can still be tried on charges of child endangerment, failure to report suspected child abuse, and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.
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August 25, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Knowing the criminal case it was building against Jerry Sandusky was likely to shake Pennsylvania State University to its core, the Attorney General's Office in 2011 went to extraordinary lengths to keep the investigation secret, case prosecutors said Tuesday. They drafted a fake subpoena - one listing a prominent person's name - to see if anyone in the office might try to leak it to the press. No one took the bait. And later, when details of the sex-abuse case were posted on a state-run court website days before prosecutors had planned to announce the charges, they dispatched investigators to determine if a Centre County district judge purposefully filed them early in public view.
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August 22, 2016 | Barbara Mancini
Barbara ManciniĀ is a Philadelphia nurse and a consultant for Compassion and Choices, an end-of-life advocacy organization Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane has had her day in court. This is somewhat unusual as the overwhelming majority of criminal cases in the United States - up to 97 percent - are settled behind closed doors in the plea-bargaining process. There, prosecutors alone, with no judicial oversight, have the power to determine a person's fate. In 2013, I was falsely accused and prosecuted by Kane on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of my dying 93-year-old father.
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August 20, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday nominated a former top state prosecutor to serve as attorney general and replace the convicted Kathleen G. Kane, a move that would end the fleeting tenure of Bruce L. Castor Jr. Wolf said his nominee, Bruce Beemer, a Democrat, had the support of Republican and Democratic legislative leaders. Beemer's nomination must be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate, a vote that is not expected before the end of the month. "Bruce Beemer has a depth of experience," Wolf said in a statement.
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