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April 17, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
KARNAMAYA MONGAR was turned away from two abortion clinics in Virginia and one in Washington, D.C., because she was too far along in her pregnancy, before being referred to Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the woman's tearful daughter testified Tuesday morning. The decision by Mongar, 41, to undergo a November 2009 abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic ultimately led to her death from a drug overdose and to Gosnell being charged with her murder. Yashoda Gurung, aided by an interpreter, spoke softly and at times used tissue to wipe tears as she spoke of the two-day abortion procedure that ended with her mother's death.
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April 13, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Testimony in a Norristown double-murder trial this week stretched far beyond Montgomery County, from a single crime scene to a vast network of interstate drug rings, federal investigations, wiretaps, confidential informants, and "snitching. " Luckenson Desrivieres, 25, has admitted that he stabbed to death two friends - Marc Winchell Estiverne, 23, and Estiverne's girlfriend, Shamara Hill, 26 - in the boardinghouse where they were staying. Prosecutors argued that the killing was premeditated, and presented a witness who said Desrivieres had talked about robbing and killing Estiverne over a debt.
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March 27, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former coach Mike McQueary, who testified that he witnessed Jerry Sandusky raping a child in a Pennsylvania State University locker-room shower, might have been unduly influenced by overzealous investigators, Sandusky said in an interview broadcast on Today on Monday. "His story changed a lot," said Sandusky, 69, who is serving a 30- to 60-year jail term for his conviction last year on sexual-abuse charges. "I don't understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was and heard sounds, associated that was sex going on," he said before pausing to laugh.
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March 27, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Testimony in the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell came to a loud, angry halt this morning when a legal dispute erupted about the planned testimony of a prosecution toxicologist. Prosecutors want toxicologist Timothy Rohrig to interpret the amount of the powerful sedative Demerol found in the body of Karnamaya Mongar. Mongar, a 41-year-old Virginia woman, died Nov. 19, 2009 while undergoing an abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic. Gosnell, 72, is charged with third-degree murder in Mongar's death, which prosecutors say was caused when Gosnell's untrained workers gave the diminutive woman multiple doses of Demerol and other drugs to anesthetize her. Prosecutors say Rohrig, chief toxicologist and director of the Sedgwick County, Kansas, Regional Forensic Science Center, would estimate the amount of Demerol in Mongar's body based on blood samples taken during her autopsy.
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March 26, 2013 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a jail house interview broadcast on NBC's Today show Monday morning, Jerry Sandusky sought to discredit former coach Mike McQueary's testimony that he saw Sandusky raping a child in a Penn State football locker-room shower in 2002. "I think there's a lot of things that transpired," Sandusky said in the interview. "I think these investigators, the way they went about business, his story changed a lot. " Sandusky, 69, went on: "I don't understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was and heard sounds associated that was sex going on," he said, before pausing to laugh.
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March 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former employee and patient who got abortions from Dr. Kermit Gosnell gave a Philadelphia jury Tuesday a graphic and sometimes grisly inside view of his West Philadelphia clinic. Adrienne Moton, 35, told the jury how she obtained two abortions from Gosnell as a teenager. She said she also lived with his family for a time before becoming a volunteer and then employee at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society. Though she had only a high school diploma, Moton described how Gosnell trained her to do ultrasound exams of patients, administer pre-surgical sedation, and assist in illegal late-term abortions.
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March 18, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia prosecutors are wielding a new tool to combat the city's "no snitch" culture - using grand juries to shield witnesses from threats by allowing them to testify in secret. In scores of cases in 2013, the District Attorney's Office has been deploying a 23-member grand jury to file charges in selected violent crimes - when prosecutors claim witnesses have been intimidated or are likely to face threats. The use of the indicting grand jury means witnesses in these cases are now testifying in secret and face no cross-examination.
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February 21, 2013 | By Jon Gambrell and Gerald Imray, Associated Press
PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecution case against Oscar Pistorius began to unravel Wednesday with revelations of a series of police blunders and the lead investigator's admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the Olympian's claim that he killed his girlfriend accidentally. Detective Hilton Botha's testimony left prosecutors rubbing their heads in frustration as he misjudged distances and said testosterone - banned for professional athletes in some cases - was found at the scene, only to be contradicted later by the prosecutor's office.
NEWS
February 9, 2013
The Kaboni Savage racketeering and murder trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Savage, 38, a convicted drug dealer, is on trial on charges he ordered a deadly firebombing attack to retaliate against a cooperating witness, and plotted to retaliate against other witnesses. He could face the death penalty if convicted. On Thursday, Savage's lawyer, Christian J. Hoey, cross-examined FBI Special Agent Kevin Lewis. The agent admitted he had "no idea who shot Mr. Savage" at a recreation center in March 2001, when Savage was on house arrest.
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February 8, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IN THE blink of an eye Wednesday, an aggravated-assault trial was derailed on its first day after the victim's glass eye popped out on the witness stand. Right into his hand. Jurors gasped as a weeping John "Big Red" Huttick caught his fake peeper. Defense attorney Eileen Hurley demanded a mistrial, which Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman granted. "It was shocking and unexpected. He caught it in his hand and sort of held it there," Hurley said. The mistrial was needed because, she said, "something as disruptive as that is a bell that could not be unrung.
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