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July 25, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia prosecutors said Monday that they planned to retry James J. Brennan, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish priest accused of trying to rape a boy, 14, in 1996. "James Brennan used his position as a priest to prey upon and victimize this young man," District Attorney Seth Williams said. "It is extremely important that Brennan be held accountable for his crime, not just for his victim, but for all victims of sexual abuse. " Brennan, 48, was one of two defendants in the unprecedented trial about clergy-sex abuse in the archdiocese.
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April 6, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a second day, the lawyer for an Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest battled Thursday with a man who claimed the priest molested him when he was 14, once suggesting the accuser concocted the allegation because his mother had been spending so much time with the cleric. "What better way to get the subject of her attention out of your life than to come up with a story?" said the attorney, William Brennan. The question came amid a tense cross-examination as the lawyer sought to expose cracks, not just in the allegation but in the landmark abuse and endangerment case against his client, the Rev. James J. Brennan (no relation)
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November 20, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun and used a racial epithet against him in South Philadelphia, a Municipal Court judge ruled Tuesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was ordered by Judge T. Francis Shields to stand trial on charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault, and possession of an instrument of crime in the Oct. 20, 2013, incident. According to authorities, Sawicki, a nine-year police veteran, was off duty when the car he was driving allegedly struck the knee of Lamar Fouse about 2:45 a.m. at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
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July 24, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia prosecutors said Monday they planned to retry James J. Brennan, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish priest accused to trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996. "James Brennan used his position as a priest to prey upon and victimize this young man," District Attorney Seth Williams said. "It is extremely important that Brennan be held accountable for his crime, not just for his victim but for all victims of sexual abuse. " Brennan, 48, was one of two defendants in the unprecedented trial about clergy-sex abuse in the archdiocese.
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August 1, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy, the Rev. Andrew McCormick turned to a lawyer who knows the terrain - William J. Brennan Jr., just one month off representing another priest in the recent Philadelphia Catholic clergy-sex-abuse trial. Brennan confirmed Monday that he had been hired to represent McCormick, 56, who is charged with molesting a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 while he served at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg. McCormick, arrested at his parents' home in Pottstown, was released Friday night after posting $150,000 bail.
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March 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
Two of the three Catholic priests who will go on trial next week in the clergy-child-abuse case are themselves being victimized by their troubled accusers, defense lawyers said today during a pretrial hearing. The two former altar boys who allege that they were raped in the 1990s by Rev. James Brennan, 48, and defrocked priest Edward Avery, 69, are longtime drug addicts with criminal records who have made false allegations hoping to improve their situations, lawyers for the two priests said.
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April 6, 2012 | BY JOHN P. MARTIN, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOR A second day, the lawyer for an Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest battled Thursday with a man who claimed that the priest molested him when he was 14, once suggesting that the accuser concocted the allegation because his mother had been spending so much time with the cleric. "What better way to get the subject of her attention out of your life than to come up with a story?" said the attorney, William Brennan. The question came amid a tense cross-examination as the lawyer sought to expose cracks not just in the allegation, but also in the landmark abuse-and-endangerment case against his client, the Rev. James J. Brennan, and a former Archdiocese official, Monsignor William J. Lynn.
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December 21, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
FOR SUSAN Finkelstein, sex and baseball have been intertwined in "dark and wonderful ways" since she knew they both existed. Finkelstein was soaking in the bathtub years ago. Pitcher Larry Christenson was on her mind. Things happened, OK? "I'm kind of an open person," she admits. But she's not a hooker. Yesterday, the state Superior Court overturned her March 2010 attempted prostitution conviction for allegedly offering sex to an undercover cop for tickets to the 2009 Phillies-Yankees World Series following her ill-conceived Craigslist post.
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January 6, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
THREE STRIKES and that's it. Sayonara! The state Supreme Court yesterday canned Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Willie F. Singletary, suspending him without pay after he allegedly showed a woman cellphone pictures of his genitalia two weeks ago. But this isn't the first time Singletary has made headlines. In 2007 his driver's license was suspended for unpaid tickets, and two years later he was reprimanded for promising favors in exchange for campaign donations. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ordered that Singletary be "relieved of any and all judicial and administrative responsibilities as a judge of the Philadelphia Traffic Court.
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November 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
WHEN FORMER Philadelphia police officer Edward Sawicki crossed paths with Lamar Fouse in the early morning of Oct. 20, 2013, things got real ugly, real fast. Fouse, 38, told a judge yesterday that while walking across 9th Street near Wharton headed to Pat's King of Steaks at 2:45 a.m., the off-duty Sawicki bumped into his knees with his car while trying to park. That's when Fouse said he tapped the back of Sawicki's car to get his attention, but ended up getting a lot more than that.
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November 20, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun and used a racial epithet against him in South Philadelphia, a Municipal Court judge ruled Tuesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was ordered by Judge T. Francis Shields to stand trial on charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault, and possession of an instrument of crime in the Oct. 20, 2013, incident. According to authorities, Sawicki, a nine-year police veteran, was off duty when the car he was driving allegedly struck the knee of Lamar Fouse about 2:45 a.m. at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
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July 19, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Defense lawyers resumed their closing arguments Friday morning. Earlier Story: Jurors weighing the case of five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused of favoring friends and political allies in a years-long ticket-fixing conspiracy were offered two standards Thursday by which to judge the defendants: The capital-J justice invoked by prosecutor Anthony Wzorek, who opened his closing argument by citing the pledge etched...
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February 5, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
DAVID TOLEDO, the man on trial for allegedly slashing the car tires of nearly 50 of his neighbors in 2012, did it because he wanted attention and fame, a prosecutor said yesterday. "While this defendant was seeking a thrill, these people were being terrorized just so he could have his 15 minutes of fame," Assistant District Attorney Tracie Gaydos told the jury in her closing argument. Toledo, 46, portrayed himself as a community activist trying to catch the vandal before police arrested him in the crimes.
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April 24, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE THING is certain: Kenneth W. Smith Jr. is a bonehead. Everyone from the judge to his family to his own lawyer used the term to describe Smith when he was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Monday for a hoax against a romantic rival that grounded a US Airways flight in September. "My plan to be with the one I love and have a simple life was shattered by my decisions," said Smith, who sobbed during most of the hearing. "I had no idea it would turn into what it did. " On Sept.
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September 9, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer
APHILADELPHIA MAN who was the victim of a cruel airplane hoax was set up by his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend because the man had posted a "compromising picture" of his ex on Facebook, according to court documents. Federal authorities arrested Kenneth Smith Jr., 26, of Philadelphia, for calling police at the Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning and reporting that passenger Christopher Shell would attempt to board a Texas-bound flight with liquid explosives, court documents said.
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August 1, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy, the Rev. Andrew McCormick turned to a lawyer who knows the terrain - William J. Brennan Jr., just one month off representing another priest in the recent Philadelphia Catholic clergy-sex-abuse trial. Brennan confirmed Monday that he had been hired to represent McCormick, 56, who is charged with molesting a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 while he served at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg. McCormick, arrested at his parents' home in Pottstown, was released Friday night after posting $150,000 bail.
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