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April 6, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
The jury deciding if Daniel Dougherty set the fire that killed his two young sons in 1985 concluded its third day of deliberations on Monday - a session in which its questions centered on the key defense witness. The tension of days without a verdict was evident in the courtroom. Dougherty, 56, looked weary on the eleventh day of his retrial. None of the lawyers in the case reported a restful weekend. On Monday morning, the jury sent a note to Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe, asking if it could have a transcript of the testimony of defense expert John Lentini, head of Scientific Fire Analysis L.L.C.
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February 7, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The mastermind behind the abduction and torture of a Jewelers Row shop clerk last year never once apologized as he was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison Friday. As recently as last month, Salahudin Shaheed was arguing that he would be vindicated by the testimony of his 54-year-old victim. And though she was not in court as U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III handed down punishment for what he described as "the most heinous crime I have seen on my 25 years on the bench," reminders of the woman's torment hung over every part of the proceeding - except Shaheed's unaffected demeanor.
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November 26, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brianna Stewart's choice came down to this: testify against her boyfriend under a grant of immunity or spend at least six months in prison. Prison won, though it means that Stewart, 18 and eight months pregnant, will deliver her baby in prison. "I can't do this. This is stressing me out," Stewart told Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni on Tuesday. "I'm eight months pregnant. This is not my situation to be in. " Deni cited Stewart for contempt of court and sentenced her to six months in jail for refusing to testify after she was granted immunity from prosecution by the District Attorney's Office.
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November 11, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
PHOTOS OF the bodies of Atlanta Deveney and her 12-year-old son - found among burned, charred debris in the back bedroom closet of their apartment in Wissinoming - were displayed on a large screen at the murder trial of the man accused of killing them. The boy, Elijah Rosado, had been wrapped in a sheet. After he was taken out of the closet, a close-up photo was taken, showing a knife protruding from his neck. Another knife was embedded deep in his left side, plunged into his rib cage.
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October 30, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
CHAKA FATTAH JR. said yesterday that he is thinking about seeking a mistrial in his federal trial on bank- and wire-fraud charges. That came hours after the lead FBI investigator in the case surprised a federal courtroom by testifying, from the witness stand, that he had leaked information on the raid on Fattah's Center City apartment to the Inquirer . Under questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Gray, FBI Special Agent Richard Haag...
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October 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a surprising turn, the lead investigator in the federal case against Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. testified Wednesday that he tipped off an Inquirer reporter in 2012 to FBI raids at Fattah's Ritz-Carlton condo and offices at Logan Square. Under questioning from prosecutors, FBI Special Agent Richard Haag said he contacted reporter Martha Woodall during the investigation to learn more about Fattah's work at a for-profit education firm. In exchange, he said, he gave Woodall limited information about the federal probe.
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October 23, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Two former foes did big favors Wednesday for Hillary Rodham Clinton. First, Vice President Biden got out of her way in the Democratic presidential contest, announcing from the White House that he would not run for the nomination. Then, writer David Brock, once a member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" that hounded the Clintons and now head of a pro-Clinton super PAC, argued in a Philadelphia speech that the House Select Committee on Benghazi should be disbanded. "There's no reason to keep this farce going," Brock said to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
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October 22, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Words such as silly and facade were deployed Tuesday by prosecutors and their witnesses as they continued to sketch the business portfolio of Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. But for Matthew Amato - Fattah's onetime business partner and former roommate at Drexel University - one word was enough to sum up his experience working closely with the son of a longtime Democratic congressman: ridiculous. "It was all from our minds - made up," Amato testified Tuesday, the third day of Fattah's federal bank- and tax-fraud trial.
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October 21, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some college buddies settle their long-ago squabbles over beers. For Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., the chance to hash out old disputes with a former Drexel University suite mate came Monday in a federal courtroom through a contentious cross-examination. Albert Guerraty - testifying as a government witness on the second day of Fattah's bank and tax fraud trial - painted an unflattering portrait of his one-time pal, describing exorbitant spending on designer clothes, state-of-the-art stereo equipment, and luxury cars - though, as he recalled it, Fattah rarely had the cash to cover his household bills.
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October 21, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
IN FEDERAL COURT yesterday, a former Drexel dormitory suitemate of Chaka Fattah Jr. described the Henry Avenue apartment Fattah and his onetime freshman roommate moved to as filled with pizza boxes, big-screen television sets and two closets full of high-end clothing that Fattah wore. But he said he saw little work being done there. "They were just collecting pizza boxes," Albert Guerraty told jurors yesterday. He said he only saw Fattah laying on a couch "watching 'Law & Order' every day" and Fattah's roommate, Matthew Amato, spending time at a nearby apartment pool and bar. Yet, he said that Amato was driving a BMW, which Fattah later said cost $48,000, and that Fattah was driving a Range Rover Sport, costing $70,000.
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