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A Christmas Gift

U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE Bruce Kauffman yesterday dismissed the two counts of lying to the FBI and the grand jury against ex-mayoral aide John Christmas, at the request of the government. Christmas, former special assistant to Mayor Street's chief of staff, still faces four counts of mail fraud, conspiracy and one count of perjury.Assistant U.S. Attorney […]

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Beanie Sigel: Hip-Hop’s Next Federal Case? Part 1

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How Does He Sleep?

So you think you want to be a criminal defense attorney?

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How celebrated are celebs in court?

Call it the Beyonce factor. It's that breath-taking moment when a celebrity shows up in a criminal courtroom – as defendant, victim, witness or, as Beyonce did last week, as spectator – and parades in front of a jury that isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, a jury of her peers.The first question that […]

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Mistrial in Beanie Sigel case

With jurors hopelessly deadlocked after five days of deliberations, a judge yesterday declared a mistrial in the attempted-murder prosecution of rapper Beanie Sigel. Assistant District Attorney Deborah Robinson said prosecutors would retry the case, which attracted considerable hip-hop star power last week when Jay-Z and Beyonc appeared at the Criminal Justice Center.Sigel, wearing a black […]

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Beyonce bumps up the star power

JUST ONE WORD: Beyonce. The big news from rap star Beanie Sigel's trial yesterday was not the verdict (there wasn't one), the latest appearance of Jay-Z, the color of Sigel's tie/handkerchief combo, or even what smelly fast food the Sigel entourage scarfed in the hallway outside courtroom 304.The big, BIG news yesterday was the surprise […]

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Sigel's trial closes with drama

The importance of Beanie Sigel's star quality was up for debate yesterday during closing arguments in his attempted murder trial. From the defense perspective, the case is all about the rap star's celebrity status. It was the promise of a big payday from “the famous Beanie Sigel” that inspired shooting victim Terrance Speller and witness […]

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Rapper's lawyer attacks in his closing argument

Lawyers for rapper Beanie Sigel, charged with attempted murder in a West Philadelphia shooting last year, rested their case yesterday without calling a single witness. Instead, defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. sought to demolish the prosecution's case in a dramatic, 20-minute closing argument to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury.Prosecutors argued that Sigel, 30, whose […]

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Victim takes stand in Beanie's trial

Walking toward the witness stand just feet from the huge, fashionably attired rap star with the staggeringly expensive diamond-encrusted watch, Terrence Speller seemed so plain and so tiny. Speller wore a nondescript plaid shirt and navy pants yesterday to testify as the victim in the attempted-murder trial of hip-hop artist Beanie Sigel. Speller's diminutive appearance […]

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2 EX-COPS CLEARED OF RAPE RAP

The exotic dancer who accused two Philadelphia cops of raping her said that despite their guilty pleas to lesser charges yesterday, she believes they still laugh about what happened. But when James Fallon, 33, and Timothy Carre, 29, finally admitted their guilt to the judge yesterday, they wept.The rape charges against the pair were dropped […]

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