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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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January 31, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Hours before he was convicted on federal bank and tax fraud charges last year, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. vowed there wasn't going to be any apologizing. "I don't care if I get five years, 10 years, 20 years," he told reporters as the jury deliberated nearby. "Every lawyer I know says I'm going to win this case on appeal. " Now, scheduled for a sentencing hearing next week, the 33-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) may care a great deal more about the prison term he is facing.
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January 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors Friday unsealed an indictment charging a Wynnewood doctor with Social Security fraud. Frederick Douglas Burton, 67, of the Burton Wellness & Injury Center on City Avenue in Wynnewood, has been charged with two counts of mail fraud and attempted mail fraud. He is accused of defrauding the Social Security Administration by signing and sending letters on behalf of another doctor, Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel, of Lehigh County. The two letters, sent in the fall of 2013 to a law firm that helps clients obtain Social Security disability benefits, falsely contended that Burton had been treating Von Kiel for about seven years, and that Von Kiel suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was unable to work, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 29, 2016
A 39-year-old Atlantic County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a 38-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son, after burning down the home the three of them had shared, the prosecutor's office said. Joseph F. Palmer 3rd, of Egg Harbor City, faces at least 51 years in prison for the deaths of Michelle Pabst and Gavin Pabst, said Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain. Firefighters put out a fire at the residence in the 200 block of Washington Avenue on Nov. 12, 2014, and found the bodies of the mother and son inside.
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January 28, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
Longtime Philadelphia prosecutor Ed McCann will become the second-in-command at the Montgomery County District Attorney's office as it prepares for two of the biggest trials in county history. District Attorney Kevin Steele announced McCann's hiring as his first assistant Tuesday. "Ed brings tremendous experience to our prosecutorial team as well as strong leadership and managerial skills that will benefit the citizens of Montgomery County," Steele said in statement. McCann, 52,resigned in November from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he spent 26 years and rose to the position of first assistant.
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January 26, 2016
CALIFORNIA Officials say bomb was poorly made A bomb left behind by the couple responsible for the December attack in San Bernardino, Calif., failed because it was poorly constructed, two law-enforcement officials said Monday. One of the officials said Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik drove around San Bernardino after the shootings at the social services center. They stayed close to the site of the shooting, apparently trying to detonate the remote-controlled bomb. The officials were briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly.
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January 23, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's newly appointed special prosecutor, charged with investigating the so-called Porngate scandal, is running into opposition from Kane's top aides. Letters made public Thursday revealed that Kane's second-in-command, Bruce Beemer, who has been increasingly at odds with her, has demanded that the special prosecutor return 850,000 emails that are central to his investigation. The prosecutor, Douglas F. Gansler, a former attorney general of Maryland, has refused, the letters revealed.
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January 15, 2016
James Browning Jr., 83, who led the prosecution of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst during a sensational 1976 trial, died Tuesday in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley after a fall. Mr. Browning was born in Globe, Ariz., in 1932 and attended law school in San Francisco before becoming the prosecutor in San Mateo County. He was appointed U.S. attorney in Northern California by then-President Richard M. Nixon. He rose to even greater prominence when he prosecuted the case against Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and joined their cause.
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January 12, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
As he stood behind a podium to announce charges against Bill Cosby, Kevin Steele was not yet the Montgomery County District Attorney. But it was perhaps the biggest announcement of his career. Still, Steele stuck to a script, cutting off questions after 10 minutes. Later, he sent another prosecutor to represent the office at Cosby's arraignment, the first hearing in the case. It was clear he was a man with a lot on his plate. Formally sworn in last Monday, Steele is a quiet career prosecutor who colleagues say is more comfortable in the background than the spotlight.
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January 11, 2016
George Parry is a former state and federal prosecutor practicing law in Philadelphia I first met Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina in 2011 when he and Deputy Attorney General Pat Blessington (my former colleague from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office) were investigating the House Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania legislature regarding its use of state resources to conduct political campaigns. I was one of a cadre of lawyers retained by the caucus to represent its House members and staffers.
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January 6, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A judge who served as a prosecutor in Philadelphia and Montgomery County will preside over the trial of state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Wendy Demchick-Alloy was chosen by Montgomery County Court President Judge William J. Furber Jr. last month to replace him in the case. Furber said in a Dec. 14 news release that his increasing responsibilities as president judge and other duties would prevent him "from devoting sufficient time to the proper handling of this case. " Demchick-Alloy has been a judge since 2010.
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