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June 29, 2001 | By Brendan January INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A curse and a push ignited a series of events that led to charges of assault and terroristic threats against Dajuan Wagner, the Camden High School basketball star, according to testimony yesterday in the Family Division of Superior Court. Wagner is being tried with teammate James Pulliam and friend Dawuan Potter. Wagner and Potter, both 18, are charged with assaulting and threatening a senior at Camden High. Pulliam, 18, is charged with assaulting the boy and his 16-year-old sister.
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May 18, 1988 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal law enforcement authorities say that reputed mobster Dominick Canterino is a conduit between New York City record company mogul Morris Levy and Genovese crime family boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante. But a federal judge ruled yesterday that the alleged relationship could not be brought out during a conspiracy trial in which Levy and Canterino are co- defendants. U.S. District Judge Stanley S. Brotman yesterday would not allow proposed testimony from two FBI agents about alleged organized-crime links among Levy, Canterino and Gigante.
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November 18, 1987 | New York Daily News
Raising their voices and waving their arms, defense lawyers yesterday hammered away at Howard Beach attack survivor Cedric Sandiford but were unable to shake the major parts of his story. In a blistering cross-examination that could be heard in the hallways of Queens Supreme Court, the lawyers pointed out minor inconsistencies in Sandiford's testimony and conflicts with testimony from other witnesses. But Sandiford, often outshouting the lawyers, stood firm that he, Michael Griffith, 23, and Timothy Grimes, 19, were attacked by 10 to 12 white teens armed with baseball bats and tree limbs last Dec. 20. Griffith was killed when he was hit by a car on the Belt Parkway while trying to flee.
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November 13, 1992 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Admitted mob underboss Philip Leonetti wasn't allowed to testify that attorney Robert F. "Bobby" Simone had been told twice in advance of plans to kill enemies of mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo. U.S. District Judge James T. Giles, who is presiding over Simone's racketeering trial, barred prosecutors from eliciting from Leonetti testimony that Scarfo had told Simone of plans to murder two underlings, the Daily News has learned. Leonetti, who is Scarfo's nephew, completed his testifying for the prosecution Tuesday without being asked about the alleged murder discussions.
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November 19, 1987 | New York Daily News
The trial testimony of a New York City man who survived the Howard Beach racial attack contradicts stories he told to police and a newspaper reporter after the incident, the defense charged yesterday. "The testimony flatly contradicts what he said within a month or so of the incident," defense lawyer Ronald Rubinstein said after witness Cedric Sandiford completed his testimony in Queens Supreme Court. "Was he telling the truth then, or is he telling the truth now?" Rubinstein asked.
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October 28, 1986 | By Jane Cope, Special to The Inquirer
An Army private shot a Willingboro store clerk because she would not cooperate during a robbery in 1985, according to testimony yesterday in Burlington County Superior Court. Jacinto Koger "Joey" Hightower, 23, of Pageant Lane, Willingboro, is accused of fatally shooting Cynthia Barlieb, 25, of Hazelwood Circle, Willingboro, during a robbery attempt at a Cumberland Farms store on July 7, 1985. No money was taken from the cash register. Hightower could face the death penalty if the jury finds him guilty.
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May 24, 1986 | By John Woestendiek, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state police scientist had no basis for concluding in court that his laboratory tests showed gunshot residue on one of Terry McCracken's hands, McCracken's attorney contended in a motion filed yesterday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. The motion is the latest - and probably the last - of several that lawyer John G. McDougall has filed requesting a new trial for McCracken, 22, who was convicted of second-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy in connection with the killing of David Johnston, 71, during a robbery in March 1983 at Kelly's Deli in Collingdale.
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February 20, 2009 | By Craig R. McCoy and Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
After testimony from 105 people, the last witness stepped down yesterday in the marathon federal corruption trial of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, setting the stage for closing arguments next week. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Zauzmer is expected to spend most of Monday delivering the prosecution's closing, four months after fellow prosecutor John J. Pease gave the opening address Oct. 22. After defense lawyers Dennis J. Cogan and Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. give their closing addresses, Zauzmer will deliver a rebuttal.
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January 17, 1990 | By Aaron Epstein, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to try to resolve the highly sensitive conflict between the welfare of young children and the rights of alleged sex offenders in the nation's steadily increasing number of child-abuse cases. The justices will decide by July whether a defendant's constitutional right to confront accusers face to face in open court may be limited when the accusers are children. Child psychiatrists believe that such a confrontation can be terrifying for a child, especially when the adult is a relative and the accusation involves sexual misconduct.
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July 1, 1987 | By Emilie Lounsberry and Daniel R. Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writers
Robert N. Rego, chief aide to City Councilman Leland M. Beloff, testified yesterday that gangster Nicholas Caramandi had guided Beloff's hand to his chest, a gesture the prosecution contends was a voluntary signal that the councilman was in on a $1 million extortion scheme. In testimony that differed from his previous statements from the witness stand, Rego said his recollection of the June 1986 meeting at Marabella's restaurant in Center City had improved since April, when he and Beloff were first on trial on federal extortion charges.
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October 22, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rahim Hicks loved to fish, enjoyed NASCAR, had an entrepreneurial streak, and was a junior member in a volunteer fire company. Jamir Williams failed to finish eighth grade, never learned to read, was found to have ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder, and, according to his family, was profoundly affected by his brother's unsolved killing. Prosecutors say the paths of the two Chester men intersected at 3:30 a.m. July 24, 2010, in the doorway of J&S Seafood on Kerlin Street. Words were allegedly exchanged and five shots fired.
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October 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County Court jury on Friday heard emotional testimony from relatives of a King of Prussia grandmother and infant who were murdered in 2012. But the 28-year-old man convicted in the killings had earlier asked the judge to skip the proceedings. "I don't want this hearing," Ranghunandan Yandamuri quietly told Judge Steven T. O'Neill on Friday morning, before the witnesses took the stand. "I would rather take the death penalty. " Yandamuri, 28, a former information technology worker who immigrated from India on a work visa, did not explain his reasoning, and ultimately it was moot.
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October 1, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The only evidence tying Ronald Galati to the attempted murder of his daughter's boyfriend is the testimony of three men, all career criminals, who say Galati hired them to do it. Now it's up to a jury whether to believe them. "The government delivered one gigantic 'say so,' " defense attorney Anthony Voci said on the final day of Galati's murder-for-hire trial Monday. "You've got a say-so case; you've got three crumbs with criminal records who are all looking at life in prison.
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September 25, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In two years as a patrolman on the streets of North Philadelphia, Officer Edward Mintzer said, he never heard anything like the screams from the little boy who opened the door that night at 3213 Cecil B. Moore Ave. "It was almost unintelligible screaming, animalistic screams," Mintzer told a Common Pleas Court jury Tuesday. Then, Mintzer said, he made out the words: "They got my mom. They got my dad. " Inside the Strawberry Mansion rowhouse, just before 3:30 a.m. on March 5, 2012, the cause of the boy's screaming was clear.
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August 21, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, a veteran police narcotics officer was labeled a liar by a Philadelphia judge who tossed evidence seized from an alleged drug dealer, destroying the prosecution's case. The Philadelphia Police Department has removed Christopher Hulmes from street duty pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation; the city has paid $150,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit against him, and another is pending in federal court. But Hulmes told another Philadelphia judge on Tuesday that he was telling the truth about the June 14 arrest of alleged Kensington drug buyer Richard Hill.
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June 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Criminologists call it mind-boggling but true: A third of people who confess to crimes didn't do it and incriminated themselves without physical coercion by police. Social scientists say years of research have let them identify types of people especially vulnerable to confessing to something they did not do, and that expertise is now being used in criminal trials. But not in Pennsylvania, where a divided state Supreme Court has said no to using expert testimony to help jurors understand the puzzling phenomenon of false confessions.
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May 31, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge to postpone its plans to take testimony from the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a committee spokesman confirmed Thursday. Patrick Foye was scheduled to testify before the committee on Tuesday, along with Port Authority Commissioner William "Pat" Schuber. Federal prosecutors are investigating the lane closures, which tied up traffic for four days in September and were allegedly orchestrated by former allies of Gov. Christie.
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May 8, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man was held for trial on murder Tuesday in the beating death last July of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter. Edward Golphin, 26, was ordered by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons to stand trial in the July 16 slaying of Seanita Brown. The chief witness against Golphin was Seanita's mother, Josephita Brown, 25, who was charged alone last July in her daughter's death. But on Tuesday, Brown was back in court, testifying for Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly under an agreement in which Brown pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy and child endangerment in exchange for testifying against her boyfriend of four years.
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April 24, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 14-year-old Nathaniel Wells recalled, "We started busting on them. " It was Wells and two teen boys on one side of 19th Street in South Philadelphia and two teenage girls on the other, taunting each other about looks and clothes. It was harmless until it wasn't, when 14-year-old Azim Chaplin looked up and said: "I'm stabbed. " "I lifted up his shirt and just saw blood," Wells said. Wells' testimony on Tuesday persuaded a Municipal Court judge to order 15-year-old Amber Hellesten to stand trial on a charge of third-degree murder in the Feb. 11 stabbing that killed Chaplin in a confrontation in the 2100 block of Watkins Street.
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April 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A GATHERING of friends from the Cambodian community turned into a chaotic, bloody scene last month when one man pulled two handguns and opened fire on another man who he believed killed his brother, witnesses said during a preliminary hearing yesterday. Sophal "Paul" Siv, 46, showed no emotion as he listened to testimony that persuaded Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni to hold him for trial on murder and related charges. Siv is accused of killing Hai Luu, 39, of Cherry Hill, in the predawn hours of March 30 inside a Logan residence on Old York Road near Ruscomb Street that doubled as a karaoke party bar. Savanary Uk, Luu's fiancee, testified that Luu and Siv had mutual friends and that, initially, everything was fine that night.
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