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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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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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April 11, 2016
Police say a homeless man whose body was found Wenesday in an abandoned trailer in Swedesboro where he sometimes sheltered had been beaten to death. The body of Sylvester Combs Jr., 61, was found around 11 a.m., with what the Gloucester County Medical Examiner found were blunt-force head injuries, said Bernard Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Combs was known by his nickname, "Buttons. " The prosecutor and Woolwich Township Police are investigating and ask anyone with information about Combs to please call Det. Greg Malesich of the prosecutor's office, 856-384-5626, or Det. Chris Beckett, Woolwich Police, 856-467-1667, extension 1224.
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April 11, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Outside a West Virginia courthouse, the families of the dead waited for Don Blankenship, the former chief executive of Massey Energy Inc., about to be sentenced for a mining disaster that killed 29 miners at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W. Va. "I miss my son, my brother, my nephew!" shouted one man as camera crews captured the moment at the federal courthouse in Charleston on Wednesday. "How come you never came to apologize to me?" Every day 12 people - sons and brothers, mothers, and daughters - die on the job because of hazardous conditions, but rarely do their employers face serious jail time, or anything more than a misdemeanor charge.
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April 8, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Somerset County's new prosecutor is reviewing the investigative files into the 2014 deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan and his wife, but said he has not decided what his office "will do or not do" regarding the case. On Wednesday, Prosecutor Michael Robertson acknowledged the media interest in the high-profile case, but he said he would not comment while the state medical examiner is considering the family's request to overturn a ruling that John Sheridan committed suicide.
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April 7, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Former NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah accused prosecutors Tuesday of personally attacking her and misleading the court overseeing her husband's federal corruption case. Her response - posted on her Facebook page - came four days after government lawyers suggested in court filings that she might face criminal liability should she testify next month at the trial of her spouse, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.). "I am not surprised that as soon as I take a high-profile role in my husband's reelection less than three weeks away, these prosecutors would attack me," read her post, which was also shared on the Facebook page of a political group supporting her husband's campaign.
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March 20, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane say the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office may have committed prosecutorial misconduct by leaking damaging information to a newspaper reporter to bolster the criminal case against her. There is a certain irony to that contention, made in a legal filing Friday: Kane herself is charged with illegally leaking information to a newspaper. Kane's lawyers cited a story that appeared last month in the Allentown Morning Call, detailing a secretly recorded conversation that the newspaper said prosecutors could use to show that Kane had unlawfully leaked information and later lied about it under oath.
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March 19, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Prosecutors in the ethics case against former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin urged Thursday that the most serious charge against him be dropped, a step that would allow the justice to keep his $153,000 annual pension. The prosecutors with the Judicial Conduct Board also joined with Eakin in providing the judicial court with a common narrative about the content of his offensive emails in the Porngate scandal. Eakin's lawyer, William Costopoulos, said Eakin and the judicial board now agree that there is no need for the former justice to face a public trial before the Court of Judicial Discipline.
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March 16, 2016
President Obama on Tuesday nominated the chief of appeals for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh to fill the sole remaining vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. If confirmed by the Senate, Rebecca Ross Haywood, 47, of Wexford, would become the first African American woman to serve on the Third Circuit. She would fill the seat vacated when Judge Marjorie O. Rendell took senior status in July. The recommended appointment is Obama's sixth nomination to the court, which hears appeals of federal cases from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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March 9, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Michael H. Robertson was sworn in Monday as acting Somerset County prosecutor, replacing Geoffrey Soriano, who was removed by Gov. Christie. Under Soriano, the office came under sharp criticism after ruling a year ago that Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. killed his wife, Joyce, and committed suicide. The couple's four sons, friends, and numerous public officials have questioned the validity of the investigation, suggesting instead that someone killed both in their Montgomery Township home in September 2014.
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