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January 29, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
FEDERAL prosecutor Robert Reed spent 40 years putting violent young criminals in prison for life. Linda Cliatt-Wayman spent 30 years teaching and administering in Philadelphia public schools, trying to save as many kids as she could from ending up in front of prosecutors like Reed, or worse, from sudden death on the streets of Strawberry Mansion. Reed was passionate about prosecution. In U.S. v. Larry Johnson and Ronnie Robinson, he got both defendants sentenced to 117 years without parole for several 1994 armed carjackings that included torture and sexual assault.
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January 29, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON A former assistant prosecutor in Hunterdon County, N.J., who says he was fired for objecting to a decision by the state Attorney General's Office to drop misconduct charges against members of the county Sheriff's Department is to square off in court Tuesday against Christie administration lawyers in a fight for records he believes will back up his allegation. Ben Barlyn, who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in 2012, is arguing to obtain transcripts from the grand jury that returned indictments in 2010 charging three members of the Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office with official misconduct.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOYLESTOWN A former softball coach at a Bucks County high school pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with one of his players last year, five years after he had been allowed to quietly resign from another school where he made sexual advances toward girls. Eric Romig, 36, is expected to face up to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault and possession of child pornography, for having sex and trading explicit videos and photos with a 16-year-old girl at Pennridge High School.
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January 23, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. DeFalco, 73, of Voorhees, a municipal prosecutor in Bellmawr and Oaklyn in the 1990's, died of congestive heart failure on Friday, Jan. 17, at his home. He was a solicitor for several public entities while maintaining a private law practice, most recently in Haddonfield since 1984. Mr. DeFalco held simultaneous responsibilities at times because "he always wanted to give back to a community that he was a part of," daughter Nicole said. "Also, he saw that as a good way to expand his network, to have some influence in the political arena, which was something that he was involved with.
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January 18, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY The Burlington County prosecutor is appealing a court ruling that tossed out the evidence in a vehicular homicide case in which a deacon in a Moorestown church was killed last year. In an eight-page decision released this week, Superior Court Judge Terence R. Cook said a police officer investigating the two-car crash in Pemberton improperly searched the purse of one of the drivers without obtaining a search warrant. The officer found three bottles of prescription pills, a finding later used to indict Shannon Sidorek, 31, of Pemberton Township, in the death of Elizabeth Smith, 81, of Moorestown, a deacon at First Presbyterian Church there.
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January 17, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The former federal prosecutor who tried former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has been retained as special counsel to assist in the New Jersey Assembly's investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal. The announcement Wednesday that Assembly Democrats had retained Reid Schar, a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block L.L.P. in Chicago, came the day before the Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes to authorize the creation of investigatory committees with subpoena power.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Tired of life with her children and their father, Carmen Ramirez decided last summer that it was her time to have some fun. So, police said, the 27-year-old began to spend more time with a boyfriend and left her five young children - including her severely disabled 3-year-old daughter, Nathalyz Rivera - with their father in a West Oak Lane home so filthy and bug-ridden that police wore Hazmat suits when they went inside. And when Nathalyz, who suffered from an undiagnosed genetic condition that left her partially blind and unable to walk or talk, starved to death in September, Ramirez told police she had not seen the child much and had been spending her nights at nightclubs and casinos.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 4, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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December 23, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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