August 7, 2015 |
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.
July 31, 2015 |
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.
July 10, 2015 |
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.
July 2, 2015 |
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.
July 1, 2015 |
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.
June 12, 2015 |
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.
June 11, 2015 |
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.
May 30, 2015 |
A longtime civilian worker in the Philadelphia Police Department was acquitted by a judge Thursday of charges that she brandished a gun and threatened to kill a South Philadelphia woman last summer during a dispute between families. Kathy Pugh, 53, was found not guilty of terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy after a nonjury trial before Common Pleas Court Judge Joan A. Brown. Brown warned Pugh to stay away from the other family in the dispute.
May 29, 2015 |
State Superior Court handed its second smackdown Wednesday to lawyers seeking to collect a fine of nearly $1 million against Philadelphia-area insurance defense lawyer Nancy Raynor. In a one-paragraph ruling, the court barred Philadelphia lawyers Matthew D'Annunzio and Joseph Messa from collecting the fine while it considers Raynor's appeal of the penalty. Raynor was fined $946,127 in November by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto, who accused her of permitting an expert witness to introduce banned testimony in a medical-malpractice trial in 2012.
May 11, 2015 |
DURING GRAPHIC testimony yesterday, a former Philadelphia deputy medical examiner snaked a belt around prosecutor Peter Lim's neck, demonstrating for a jury how he believes Dr. Melissa Ketunuti's killer tightened a leather belt around her neck before setting her body on fire. Dr. Gary Collins, now Delaware's chief medical examiner, testified for the prosecution on the third day of trial for 39-year-old Jason Smith. Smith is the exterminator accused of killing Ketunuti, 35, before binding her neck, wrists and ankles and setting her body ablaze Jan. 21, 2013 when he visited her Southwest Center City rowhouse to address a rodent problem.