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March 2, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA In 2012, Democrat Jose "J.P. " Miranda won 95 percent of the vote in an election that landed him a seat in the state House. Little more than a year later, he was arrested, along with his sister, on corruption charges. On Friday, in a marathon preliminary hearing that pitted the siblings against several former legislative assistants, Miranda's fall from grace continued. Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter ruled that the case against Miranda and Michelle Wilson should proceed to trial.
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February 27, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FOR A long time yesterday, it looked as if Rudolph McGriff, who had beaten five murder arrests, might beat a sixth. Two witnesses recanted during McGriff's preliminary hearing, with one claiming he saw nothing because he's "half-blind. " But then an 11-year-old boy took the stand. Myzeh Jessie-Ross calmly testified about the frequent fights that his mother, Malisha "Lai Lai" Jessie, 29, had endured with McGriff, her longtime on-and-off beau. Just hours before she was gunned down on McGriff's Tioga block last April 7, Jessie-Ross said, the broken-up pair got into a shouting match about McGriff's new girlfriend.
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February 14, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A new round of subpoenas indicates that the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures is homing in on testimony by a former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who told lawmakers that the September closures that led to gridlock were part of a traffic study. Bill Baroni's account was disputed by another top Port Authority official. Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex), cochair of the special committee, said in an interview Wednesday that Baroni's testimony appeared to be part of a "robust effort to offer an alternate set of facts, apparently an effort to cover up what had happened.
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February 8, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
LINDENWOLD Troy Whye insisted Thursday that he never harmed Krystal Skinner and was not the person who stabbed her 30 times just days after she broke up with him in 2008. "I never put my hands on Krystal," said Whye, 42, who is on trial in Superior Court in Camden for first-degree murder. Skinner was 23 and caring for the couple's 2-year-old son. She was found dead March 26 near the front door of her Lindenwold apartment. Her son was kneeling next to her body, stroking her hair. A bloody butcher knife was nearby.
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January 19, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge on Friday denied a request by former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier - accused of covering up child sex-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky - to bar testimony from the school's onetime top lawyer. Cynthia Baldwin represented Spanier during the Sandusky investigation. Baldwin told a grand jury that instead of cooperating with investigators, Spanier hid information and sought to keep the board of trustees in the dark about the expanding criminal investigation.
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January 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA By 2011, federal agents wanted Louis Monacello locked in a prison cell. His Mafia colleagues wanted him in his grave. Despite those mounting threats, the mob associate known as "Bent Finger Lou" felt confident that he could work even that dire outlook to his benefit, his former neighbor testified Monday. "No matter what happens, he said he was going to get a book deal out of it, or go on TV or something. Other mob guys had done it before," said Jerry Davis, a longtime Philadelphia City Council aide who lived next door to Monacello for years.
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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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December 20, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University waived its attorney-client privilege last year so its former attorney could testify against three top university officials under investigation in the alleged cover-up of reports of child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky, according to newly unsealed court records. Cynthia Baldwin, who has emerged as a central witness in the case against former president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley, was present in 2011 when the men testified to a grand jury investigating Sandusky.
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December 19, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - After deciding not to hear testimony from a pivotal witness, the judge overseeing the case against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators charged with covering up reports of Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse adjourned a pretrial hearing Tuesday after just 20 minutes. Further court action is unlikely to resume until early next year, said Elizabeth Ainslie, attorney for former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier, who was the only defendant to appear in court Tuesday.
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November 15, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
It's life without parole for Axel Barreto, the Philadelphia stepfather who shot dead three teenagers who came to his home last year to fight his stepson. The jury that held Barreto's fate in its hands could not reach an unanimous decision on whether to sentence him to death or life, so Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino Nastasi was required to impose a life sentence. The jury of seven woman and five men had deliberated for two full days. Barreto showed no emotion when his sentence was announced.
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