August 20, 2015 |
Alleging a "miscarriage of justice," attorneys for former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother are urging a judge to either overturn a jury's verdicts convicting the two in a $1.2 million mortgage fraud or grant a new trial. Motions filed by the defense in Superior Court in Mount Holly late last week say the convictions came despite a lack of evidence and because of prosecutorial misconduct. Fryar, 54, a wide receiver who played for the Eagles and several other teams, and Allene McGhee, 74, a retired school bus driver, are both free on bail.
August 16, 2015 |
A Philadelphia jury on Friday found a 22-year-old South Philadelphia man guilty of first-degree murder for shooting his girlfriend after she said she was pregnant with his child. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women returned its verdict against Aaron Fitzpatrick in its fourth day of deliberations, finding him guilty of shooting of Tiffany Gillespie, 24, in 2012. The jury, which on Thursday indicated it was deadlocked on all but two charges, also found Fitzpatrick guilty of third-degree murder in the death of the 5-month-old fetus Gillespie was carrying, and two firearms counts.
August 6, 2015 |
The Willow Grove man accused of using Craigslist ads to set up victims in armed robberies - including the fatal 2013 shooting of a South Jersey man who had gone to West Oak Lane to buy an all-terrain vehicle - was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder. Thomas Coffee insisted he was innocent as Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson immediately sentenced him to the mandatory life in prison without parole for the June 21, 2013, slaying of Daniel Cook, 27. "I understand everything that happened," said Coffee, 25, voice barely audible and on the verge of tears.
August 3, 2015 |
Offense is at a premium in baseball. That is why the Phillies could not acquire Joey Gallo or Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers in last week's Cole Hamels blockbuster, and why they were never going to get Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart from the Boston Red Sox, Corey Seager from the Los Angeles Dodgers, or Kyle Schwarber from the Chicago Cubs. It's far from a coincidence that 10 of the 12 minor-leaguers the Phillies acquired in their six trades since December are pitchers. In the sport's current landscape, teams are reluctant to part with premium position-player prospects, especially those boasting rarely seen power such as the 21-year-old Gallo.
July 24, 2015 |
Twice, the Rev. Andrew McCormick went to trial in Philadelphia for allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy almost 18 years ago in a Bridesburg parish. Twice, Common Pleas Court juries failed to reach a verdict. Now, three months after the District Attorney's Office announced it would not retry McCormick and withdrew the charges, the now-27-year-old former altar boy has sued McCormick and the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The lawsuit under the pseudonym John Doe was filed July 10 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court and seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for emotional and other injuries sustained by the alleged victim.
July 2, 2015 |
After deliberating just 45 minutes, a Philadelphia jury on Tuesday acquitted former Police Officer Steven Lupo of charges that he lied under oath about a warrantless 2011 search of a drug suspect's car. Lupo, 38, fought back tears as he and his wife, Valerie, left the courtroom after the Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men announced its verdict. "I'm just thankful the jury made the right decision," said Lupo, who testified in his defense. "I'm very humbled by it. " The verdict is not the end of Lupo's legal problems.
May 15, 2015 |
SIX EX-NARCOTICS officers accused of going rogue and robbing suspected drug dealers during a six-year reign of terror walked out of federal court yesterday as free men after a jury acquitted them of all charges at the end of a six-week trial. Relatives of the former Narcotics Field Unit cops - Thomas Liciardello, 38; Michael Spicer, 47; Brian Reynolds, 43; Perry Betts, 47; Linwood Norman, 47; and John Speiser, 42 - packed into the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to hear the verdict, which came just after 11 a.m. They erupted into cheers and tears of joy after the jury foreman answered "not guilty" to each of the 26 counts against the men. Some of the officers faced more counts than others, but the charges against them included racketeering conspiracy, robbery, use of excessive force and falsifying police reports.
May 14, 2015 |
Federal jurors deliberating the fate of six members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad said Tuesday that they were at "an impasse on one or more counts. " The six-man, six-woman panel alerted U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno of their stalemate in a note just after 2:30 p.m. - about 20 hours into their discussions. The judge sent them back instructions to keep trying to reach a unanimous verdict. "Although it may seem like an eternity, it has only been 31/2 days of deliberations," Robreno told them.
May 11, 2015 |
AFTER A DAY and a half of deliberations, a jury of six women and six men tasked with deciding the corruption case against six ex-narcotics cops left U.S. District Court yesterday without a verdict. The jurors are to decide whether to convict Officers Thomas Liciardello, 38, Brian Reynolds, 43, Michael Spicer, 47, Perry Betts, 47, Linwood Norman, 47, and Michael Speiser, 42, on various counts related to allegations that they threatened and robbed drug dealers, and falsified paperwork while working in a narcotics squad.
April 10, 2015 |
THE PHILLIES were playing in Cincinnati on a Monday night. Ben Revere made a highlight-reel catch, with the words "Pray for Boston" freshly etched on his glove. The Red Sox had just wrapped up their annual Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park before heading out for a short, three-game trip to Cleveland. A week before the 2-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, a federal jury declared that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was guilty of all 30 counts he was charged with in the horrific event that left three spectators dead and wounded more than 200 people.