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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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August 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury will begin deliberations Tuesday in the murder trial of Shaun Warrick, accused in the Valentine's Day slayings of two female cousins in 2011. Testimony in the trial, which began Thursday, came to an unexpectedly sudden end Monday morning after Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb rested his case and defense attorney Jack McMahon announced that the defense would present no evidence. Warrick, 32, of Logan, told Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson that he did not wish to testify in his defense following a meeting with his mother and McMahon.
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August 8, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The foreman of the jury that is charged with deciding whether a former Philadelphia Eagle and his mother are guilty of mortgage fraud charges told a Superior Court judge Thursday that the panel wanted to rehear the testimony of an alleged coconspirator. The jurors want to see if it conflicts with what he told the FBI and other investigators when he agreed to become a prosecution witness, he said. Irving Fryar, a wide receiver who was selected for the Pro Bowl five times in his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly cheating seven lending institutions in South Jersey and Philadelphia out of $1.2 million in 2009.
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August 7, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The jury that heard nearly three weeks of testimony in the mortgage fraud case against former Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother asked to rehear some of the testimony as it began deliberations Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert in Mount Holly scheduled the panel to return Thursday to rehear parts of the testimony of the prosecution's key witness. Fryar, 52, who made the Pro Bowl five times in his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, are standing trial on charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.
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July 31, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FORMER NARCOTICS COP Jeffrey Walker, who cooperated extensively with the feds after his arrest and who testified against six of his former colleagues at their trial this spring, was sentenced yesterday to 3 1/2 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, who presided over the trial of Walker's former colleagues - ex-narcotics cop Thomas Liciardello and five others - said he found Walker's testimony at their trial to be truthful and reliable. On the other hand, Robreno said, he found the testimony of two of the six ex-cops' former supervisors - Lt. Robert Otto and Sgt. Joseph McCloskey - "not to be credible.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
EUGENE TOWNES was driving a friend home on the night of July 16, 2013, when he saw two cars weaving in and out of traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard. As he drove up the crest of the hill, at 2nd Street, he realized something happened. He stopped his car. "There was a lot of debris, and I saw a baby carriage," Townes, 45, testified. "Then I saw what looked like a doll. Then I saw a baby. Then I seen another kid laying there. I thought, I can't believe what I'm seeing. It's something you'll never forget.
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July 2, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE JURY was not out long on this one. Two days of testimony in the perjury trial of former Philadelphia Police Officer Steven Lupo ended with a 'not guilty' verdict after about 45 minutes of deliberation. Lupo, accompanied by his tearful wife and supporters, said he was "very thankful" following the verdict. "The jury made the right decision," he said. "I'm very humbled by it. " The defense and prosecution took turns arguing whether Lupo, a six-year veteran who lost his job following the charges, had made an error due to bad memory or had intentionally given false testimony about a 2011 arrest.
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July 1, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the haze surrounding former Philadelphia Police Sgt. Brandon Ruff's firing, there are three events on which all parties can agree. Ruff, while off duty, walked into 35th District headquarters in Ogontz on Aug. 3 and dropped a bag of guns on the counter. He was detained moments later. And within six months, he had lost his job. Everything else that happened between those moments remains up for debate - as was made clear Monday in a civil trial before a federal jury. Ruff, an eight-year police veteran, whose last posting was in Powelton's 16th District, is suing the department and six officers involved in a scuffle that day. He says they assaulted and falsely arrested him when he attempted to anonymously turn in three guns that he had confiscated under a no-questions-asked gun buyback program.
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June 12, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE N-WORD took another complicated and controversial trip through the world of context yesterday during the civil trial of a white Fox 29 anchor who contends he was fired for saying it during a news meeting in 2007. Current and former Fox 29 employees, both black and white, testified that they were both offended and shocked when former anchor Tom Burlington chimed in about colleague Robin Taylor's story on symbolic burial of the notorious racial epithet by the Philadelphia Council of the NAACP.
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June 11, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The March 3, 2012, auto accident in Swampoodle that killed Anthony Reeder's girlfriend of two years left him uninjured but emotionally crushed. The next day, he opened up to an Inquirer reporter, describing the loss of 49-year-old Sheila Whalen, the accident, and a mysterious driver who fled the overturned Jeep Liberty in the 3100 block of Bambrey Street. "In a blink of an eye, your whole life can change," Reeder told the reporter. "I never, ever had someone who was a good friend, a girlfriend, and a confidante.
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