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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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June 17, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A veteran Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was ordered into custody Wednesday after a key witness recanted a statement, a corroborating witness could not be located, and the prosecutor got into an argument with the judge. Tempers flared and voices rose. Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons warned Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax to lower his voice and not interrupt. The argument got hotter, and Simmons warned Sax she would hold him in contempt of court. Sax, apparently worried that Simmons was about to dismiss the case against accused killer Lamont Davis, responded, "Carry through on your threat.
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June 16, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
In their final pitch to the jury, prosecutors in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial on Tuesday labeled one of the region's longest-serving members of Congress a crook, a liar, and a thief. But as Justice Department lawyer Eric Gibson turned to point an accusatory finger at the congressman, the scene encapsulated impressions that both sides sought to leave with the panel. "The arrogance on display here is astounding," an animated Gibson declared. "In Fattah World, none of the rules that apply to anyone else have any application to the congressman, his family, or his codefendants.
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June 10, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Wednesday decried what he called "cynical" and "overreaching" prosecution in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial, moments after testifying as a defense witness for a friend, fund-raiser, and former deputy mayor who is also charged in the case. Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Rendell accused Justice Department lawyers of too often casting innocent friendships and political deal-making in a sinister light. He said prosecutors had twisted the truth in an effort to convict Herbert Vederman, his former deputy, who is accused of paying bribes to Fattah.
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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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June 4, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors in the federal corruption trial against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) concluded their case Friday, clearing the way for the first defense witnesses to take the stand later this afternoon. But first, lawyers for the congressman and his four co-defendants urged the U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III to immediately dismiss the charges against their clients, arguing that government lawyers had failed to prove their case. Addressing the indictment's primary count - a racketeering conspiracy charge under which all five defendants are charged - defense lawyer Robert Welsh maintained that the government had failed to establish that Fattah and his associates set out to participate in a criminal enterprise to advance the congressman's career.
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June 4, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Drawing toward the end of their case against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, federal prosecutors focused Thursday on tracing the congressman's financial transactions - including an instance when they alleged he paid his city wage taxes with money received as a bribe. But lawyers for Fattah and his four codefendants argued that investigators had jumped to the wrong conclusions in their eagerness to connect the dots of their case. "You can't say, can you, that that is the same cash?" asked Robert Welsh, attorney for political fund-raiser Herbert Vederman, as he questioned FBI forensic accountant Rene Michael about one alleged bribery scheme.
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May 30, 2016
Police in Absecon, with investigators from the Atlantic County prosecutor's office, are investigating the hit and run death of a Galloway Township man early Saturday morning, Atlantic County prosecutor Jim McClain said. Kyle Marcy, 26, was a passenger in a 2015 Kia Forte that had stopped on Route 30 near the intersection of Route 9, when he stepped out of the vehicle about 4 a.m., and was struck by a passing car. The driver of the vehicle that struck him stopped briefly but then drove away, authorities said.
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May 30, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITERS
The two Philadelphia lawyers whose investigation led to the ouster of former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr as president of Baylor University are former veteran sex-crimes prosecutors who have built a practice helping institutions respond to allegations of sexual abuse. After a 10-month probe and 65 interviews, Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez produced a damning report that said the university did not take seriously the complaints of women who had been assaulted by university football players - and even actively discouraged victims from filing complaints.
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May 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 33-year-old Fox Chase musician pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder and related offenses in the stabbing death of his 24-year-old girlfriend last September. Under a plea deal before Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom, Joshua Nieto was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison. It was about noon Sept. 28 when officers responded to the second-floor apartment on the 800 block of Solly Avenue and found Bonnie Eckstrom on the kitchen floor, stabbed to death. Nieto, her live-in boyfriend, who had blood on his arms and clothing, was arrested.
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May 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Terron L. Phillips had just bought a pack of cigarettes from an East Camden gas station late last Wednesday and was walking home when a red SUV approached him. Four males, ages 16 to 19, were inside, authorities said. The youngest held a sawed-off shotgun. He stepped out of the car with Raquan Handon, 18, and tried to rob Phillips, investigators said. Phillips, 19, told them he had nothing. Handon searched his pockets, found only the cigarettes, and walked back to the SUV holding them, authorities said.
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