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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.
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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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January 31, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
At one time, they were among the most influential public officials in the city: Two-term governor and former Mayor Ed Rendell. Two-term Mayor John F. Street. And the nearly 13-year chief of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Carl R. Greene. For the first time in more than two years, they faced one another Tuesday in the same room - the 14th-floor courtroom of U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter - as witnesses and lawyers began detailing the interplay among them in the days leading to Greene's termination, disappearance, and hospitalization.
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January 29, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia jury in the child-rape trial of a priest and ex-Catholic schoolteacher continued deliberations today, submitting a series of questions to the judge about the allegations against Bernard Shero. The Common Pleas Court jury of eight men and four women asked for a rereading of testimony involving the alleged 1999 rape of a sixth-grader who was in Shero's English class at St. Jerome's parish school in the Northeast. In addition to the testimony of the now-24-year-old victim, the jury also asked to hear the testimony of Philadelphia Police Det. Andrew Snyder about his investigation of the incident.
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January 29, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At one time, they were among the most influential public officials in the city: Two-term governor and former Mayor Ed Rendell. Two-term Mayor John F. Street. And the nearly 13-year chief of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Carl R. Greene. For the first time in more than two years, they faced one another Tuesday in the same room - the 14th-floor courtroom of U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter - as witnesses and lawyers began detailing the interplay among them in the days leading to Greene's termination, disappearance, and hospitalization.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey. It surpassed traffic fatalities in 2009, when 752 people died, according to a drug policy advocacy group. Of those deaths, 75 percent involved heroin or prescription opiates, a growing addiction problem in New Jersey and the nation. Legislators tried to address the issue last year when they approved the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, a bill that offered limited criminal amnesty to drug users who call for help when someone has overdosed.
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January 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Testimony is to begin Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in the trial of a priest and a former parochial-school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Northeast parish in the late 1990s. Judge Ellen Ceisler confirmed the start of testimony Wednesday after prosecution and defense lawyers completed picking a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates to hear the evidence against the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66, and Bernard Shero, 49. Jury selection began Monday and concluded Wednesday with two final jurors and six alternates.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The beating death Saturday of man in West Philadelphia was not related to the man's involvement as a witness in the slaying of a mother of four in 2011, police said Monday. Akeel Prout, 26, of Wynnefield, was punched and stomped by six men about 10 p.m. outside his girlfriend's house on the 500 block of North 55th street, police said. Prout had been called as a witness in the October 2011 killing of Hafeezah Nurid-Din, 31, an Overbrook mother and schoolteacher who was shot through the heart by a stray bullet as she unloaded groceries outside her family home.
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