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July 30, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN RAPPER Meek Mill was only 8 months old when Michael Jackson's song "Man in the Mirror" was released in January 1988, but he needs to listen to the lyrics and try to learn something from them, according to the latest court filing in the jailed entertainer's case. In opposing a petition filed last week by the rapper's lawyers seeking to have him paroled from jail, Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis wrote Friday that Mill is unappreciative of the court's efforts to rehabilitate him and to allow his career to flourish in the five years he's been on probation for a drug and gun conviction.
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July 30, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia prosecutor turned to no less an authority than Michael Jackson in opposing early parole for the rapper Meek Mill, saying he has yet to accept responsibility for himself and his actions. Much of Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis' legal response - filed Friday in Common Pleas Court after the rapper's plea for release from a three- to six-month sentence for violating probation - is a 13-page recitation of his problematic years on court supervision. But DeSantis also suggested that perhaps music was the best way to convince Mill - real name Robert Williams - that he has to take a "hard-earned look at himself, his talent, and his character as a man. " DeSantis then quotes from the lyrics to Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror," which includes the verse: "I'm starting with the man in the mirror; I'm asking him to change his ways.
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July 26, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
One Sunday earlier this year, Jean Celestin was taking his daughters to a party in West Deptford Township. On the front seat of his green Volvo was a wrapped birthday present. Behind him, Justine, 8, and Jeanelle, 3, were in child seats. At the wheel, Celestin, a U.S. citizen who was born in Haiti and now lives in Swedesboro, was glued to his GPS. Big mistake. Instead of taking him to the Delaware River's edge for the party, he said, it led him into the riverside complex of Solvay Solexis, an international chemical company, on a parallel road.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office issued a memo to local municipalities in June that they are required by law to notify vehicle owners within three days after their cars are towed and placed in impound. The memo was sent days after The Inquirer published stories about a Camden woman who repeatedly asked Camden County Metro Division Police to investigate the theft of her 1991 Chrysler LeBaron. Instead, Michelle Perez, 32, said she was told by a detective that she was too busy to investigate.
NEWS
July 8, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
  By day, Gerard Breland has spent the last 23 years prosecuting criminals. Among the 60 cases he tried was a particularly heinous matter involving murder and jury intimidation in Jersey City. But in his free time, the Burlington Township resident turns his attention to the less seedy side of life. He and his wife, Tonya, have recorded 17 original and traditional gospel songs on YouTube, earning as many as 15,368 views on one of them: "I Want to Say Thank You. " He also directs the music and worship team at Destiny Church in Moorestown.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors objected Wednesday to a request by former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo to travel without advance approval. "There is no reason that defendant Fumo should be treated differently than any other defendant, simply because he owns or controls more homes than the average convicted defendant," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Zauzmer wrote in a court filing. Zauzmer, a key member of the team that brought the case leading to Fumo's conviction on corruption charges, urged U.S. District Court Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter to reject Fumo's request to travel long distances without getting permission from his probation officer.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
This story was updated Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The leadership of the association for district attorneys in Pennsylvania on Tuesday criticized state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for comments that "disparaged" the prosecutors who convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, in a statement endorsed by its executive committee, said that recommendations made by a law professor who investigated the Sandusky case were "overshadowed by the attorney general's continued public attacks on the successful work of career prosecutors.
NEWS
June 30, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Warren Faulk won't forget the little blue shoe. It belonged to Brandon Thompson, 4, who had just been shot dead in front of his mother. On Aug. 4, 2008, Faulk - who spent most of his law career representing newspaper people - had been serving as Camden County prosecutor for all of a month. He left his Cherry Hill dinner table for the scene of an outdoor, broad-daylight gun battle in Camden's Whitman Park section; a shoe like one his grandson wore lay on the pavement, near a pool of blood.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A second prostitute agreed Wednesday to cooperate in the prosecution of Keith "King" Tolbert, the former nursing student who, with another prostitute, was charged in last August's death of a client whose body was dismembered and dumped into the Schuylkill. Angel Weston, 22, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to conspiracy and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. Judge Benjamin Lerner set sentencing for Aug. 27, although that will likely be postponed until after the conclusion of Tolbert's trial, which is to begin April 6. Tolbert has been charged with second-degree murder, robbery and related offenses.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance to the full chamber the nomination of veteran Superior Court Judge Mary Eva Colalillo as Camden County prosecutor. Colalillo, 62, would be the first woman to serve in that role. At the hearing, where lawmakers also advanced Gov. Christie's nominations of others to judgeships and prosecutor positions, Colalillo briefly thanked the governor for nominating her. The committee did not have any questions for Colalillo, and the nearly half-dozen members offered no opposition.
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