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Judge clears Brady in '98 cover-up

A Municipal Court judge yesterday dismissed all charges against former Philadelphia police homicide commander James J. Brady in the cover-up of a 1998 car crash, but prosecutors vowed to refile charges against Brady and his alleged accomplice. Municipal Court Senior Judge Francis P. Cosgrove also threw out all felony charges against former Capt. Joseph J. […]

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Cruz, ward leaders stand trial for bribery

Deputy State Attorney General Patrick Blessington told jurors yesterday that they would witness a bribe: cash delivered to swing the outcome of the Seventh Ward Democratic election and ensure a victory for State Rep. Angel Cruz in 1998. Blessington addressed the jury at the trial of Cruz, 19th Ward leader Carlos Matos, and four others […]

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Rep. Cruz, 5 other pols on trial

The state attorney general's office yesterday began its bribery prosecution of a state legislator, a Democratic ward leader and four party officials accused of trying to buy votes in a 1998 ward election. The six defense attorneys on the case, however, are putting Philadelphia's political system on trial instead.And they want that back-door, who-you-know, street-money-funded […]

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CHARGED!

A DOZEN PEOPLE have been arrested after a Philadelphia grand jury named them as participants in a ring that allegedly used forged signatures and falsified documents to steal houses. Others named by the grand jury are still being sought in connection with the alleged thefts, which involved a total of 36 houses. The scam was […]

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THREE DAYS' WORTH OF TENSE QUESTIONING TO FIND THE RIGHT JURY

The defendant twisted around in his seat to study the 41 men and women filing into Courtroom 1108. Jimmy Young knew that some of these people would be selected for his jury. They would decide whether he was guilty of first-degree murder and, if so, whether he should die. He was 22.Also watching the jurors […]

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TWO MEN ACQUITTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER VICTIM TESTIFIES

Anthony Lilliston, 31, knows he's lucky to be alive. Lilliston nearly died of a gunshot wound last Jan. 5 when he was shot while sitting in a car at 55th Street and Woodland Avenue about 11:15 p.m.He testified this week that another car had pulled up and that gunmen had opened fire with a volley […]

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MAN ACQUITTED IN SHOOTING

Jeffrey Harper, 19, says he wanted to impose “street justice” on the South Philadelphia man who ordered a gunman to shoot him last year. So Harper said he didn't mention Edward Stanback's name at a preliminary hearing for the shooter, Kyle Brown, 19, a few weeks after the crime.”I wanted to settle my business on […]

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EX-OFFICER NOT GUILTY IN '97 RAPE OF PROSTITUTE

A former Philadelphia police officer was acquitted yesterday of raping a 21-year-old prostitute at gunpoint in Center City in September 1997. The jury deliberated only an hour and 15 minutes. Fred Geathers, 31, assigned to the Third Police District until his arrest last July, broke down and cried when the verdict was announced in Common […]

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“DEFENSE: EX-CITY INSPECTOR IS ADULTERER, NOT A THIEF ACCUSED OF GIVING FAVORS TO MISTRESS”

Frank Antico cheated on his wife – prosecutors insist he kept a mistress for years and also bedded a prostitute and at least one topless dancer he met on his city job. But the now-retired city inspector never extorted money from topless bars or check cashers he regulated, his attorney told a jury yesterday at […]

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“CITY WILL PAY $1.24 MILLION TO MAN PARALYZED AFTER ARREST HIS LAWSUIT SAID HE WAS IN A POLICE VAN THAT STOPPED SHORT, SENDING HIM CRASHING INTO A WALL IN THE VEHICLE.”

The city has agreed to pay $1.24 million to settle a lawsuit by a South Philadelphia man who was paralyzed from the neck down last year after a police van in which he was riding stopped short, hurling him headfirst into an interior wall. Documents noting the settlement and closing Calvin Saunders' federal civil rights […]

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