January 6, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Two of Philadelphia's top reputed mob dons have done their best during the last two months to paint the federal case against them as nothing more than the "cobbled together" result of 13 years of squandered investigatory resources. But if prosecutors have anything to say about it, they won't have a chance to make that argument again. As both sides prepare to make their final pitch to jurors Monday, government lawyers are seeking to bar defense attorneys for Joseph Ligambi and George Borgesi from repeating what they describe as inaccurate and improper claims.
January 4, 2014 |
Despite her "very significant" cooperation in terrorism investigations in the United States and abroad, a Montgomery County woman arrested in 2009 for working with terrorists under the moniker "JihadJane" remains a danger and should spend several decades behind bars, federal prosecutors say. In documents filed before a sentencing hearing scheduled for Monday, government lawyers described Colleen LaRose, 50, as an "aggressive, hardworking" force in...
December 23, 2013 |
Cynthia Baldwin, Pennsylvania State University's former top lawyer, told grand jurors last year former president Graham B. Spanier was a liar only days after prosecutors had met privately with her, at her request, to discuss the Jerry Sandusky case. According to a letter she and her lawyer signed in October 2012, Baldwin was told anything she said in that off-the-record meeting would not be used against her in a criminal case. Spanier's attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, released the letter Friday, contending that Baldwin turned against the former university president only to save herself from being charged in the alleged cover-up.
December 22, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The photo of Joseph Ligambi, taken at a mob associate's wedding three years ago, captured the reputed mob boss in less troubled times. Decked out in a dark suit and tie, and surrounded by a dozen close friends and family members at the Curtis Center, his face bore a smile not often seen in recent days in a federal courtroom here. But what that image meant, and its potential implications for Ligambi's criminal case, was the subject of testimony Friday as his racketeering retrial ended its sixth week.
December 5, 2013 |
Three years ago, New Jersey regulators suspended abortion provider Steven Brigham's medical license for endangering and deceiving patients. During the suspension hearing, he testified that he was covered by medical malpractice insurance. Now, as Brigham, 57, tries to regain his license, New Jersey prosecutors have submitted evidence that his sworn statement was yet another lie. They allege that not only did he stop carrying required liability insurance around 2006, but last month produced a phony insurance policy when forced to back up the statement.
November 15, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office requested Wednesday that the 17-year-old accused of posting secret grand jury documents on his Twitter account be charged as an adult. A judge's ruling on that matter could take several days, officials said, and in the meantime, Nasheen Anderson, an 11th-grade student from East Germantown, will be held at the Juvenile Justice Services Center. Anderson was pulled from his classroom Tuesday at Martin Luther King High School and charged with witness intimidation and making terroristic threats.
November 9, 2013 |
When she prosecuted billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban in court last month for alleged insider trading, government attorney Jan Folena drew on many tough lessons she learned in Philadelphia. Folena worked as an assistant district attorney under Lynne M. Abraham, Philadelphia's longest-serving district attorney. Now Folena is a supervisor and litigation counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement here. She joined Abraham's office in 1993, fresh out of law school at Syracuse University.
October 6, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was arrested Friday and charged with filing a false police report and improperly interfering with the investigation of a stolen pickup truck. Lynn Nichols, 46, a 22-year veteran of the District Attorney's Office, is accused of using her influence as a prosecutor to have the stolen vehicle removed from a police database last October to help her then-boyfriend. One year later, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Nichols "devised a scheme as an act of revenge to have the vehicle reported stolen again," said Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is handling the case.
October 6, 2013 |
LYNN NICHOLS probably has a pretty good grasp of the law, of right and wrong. After all, she spent 22 years as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office, rising up through the ranks to become the assistant chief of the Homicide Unit. Despite that background, Nichols found herself behind bars yesterday, thanks to a pair of bad decisions related to her love life. The state Attorney General's Office said Nichols, 46, used her clout in the D.A.'s Office last October to have her then-boyfriend's truck - which had been reported stolen - removed from the National Crime Information Center's database.
September 13, 2013 |
Tawfik Nakishbendi, the fake Roxborough doctor on trial for raping a 16-year-old girl and engaging in sex acts and providing drugs and alcohol to other teens, pleaded guilty at the end of the first day of his trial yesterday. Nakisbendi, 64, began the trial by standing and pleading not guilty to all of the charges. But the defendant apparently had a change of heart after the trial's prosecutor, in her opening statement to the jury, painted him as a perverted predator that lured girls to his home to take sexual advantage of them.