Father and daughter surrender to police in fatal crash
A father and his 15-year-old daughter surrendered to police yesterday to face charges in a bizarre auto accident last month in Mayfair that fatally injured an 18-year-old woman in a yard – a crash in which the young mother was able to toss her baby to safety before being run down. Richard Miller, 46, of […]
Girl, dad charged in fatal crash
Flowers and a melancholy note from grieving family members wilted in the rain on a telephone poll at the corner of Nesper Street and Ryan Avenue in Mayfair yesterday, just a few yards from where a young mother was fatally injured last month. Sarah McGinley, 18, was pinned by an out-of-control car on her fiance's […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]