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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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Siblings cleared of 3 homicides

The two men the police commissioner dubbed the city's most violent citizens were acquitted yesterday of all charges in a triple homicide inside a North Philadelphia speakeasy. After jurors announced they had found brothers Cassius and Jerome Broaster not guilty of killing three and wounding five inside the illegal bar in February 2002, one of […]

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Developer cleared in housing scam

Dawud Bey, a Point Breeze real estate developer who bought five different properties in a stolen-house scam uncovered by the Daily News, was found innocent of criminal charges yesterday, after his lawyer portrayed him as yet another victim of the real house thieves. Ruling from the bench after a two-day, nonjury trial, Common Pleas Judge […]

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Two officers charged with rape

Arrest warrants were issued yesterday for two Philadelphia police officers accused of raping a 25-year-old exotic dancer while they were on duty in their patrol car last month. Officer James Fallon Jr., a six-year police veteran, is to turn himself in Tuesday morning to Internal Affairs, his lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr., said.The other officer, Timothy […]

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2d ruling leaves ex-police Capt. Brady off the hook

For the second time in six months, a judge has thrown out all criminal counts against former Philadelphia Police Homicide Capt. James J. Brady, putting an end to charges that he covered up a car accident after a night of drinking. Also yesterday, Common Pleas Court Judge Joyce S. Kean tossed out the most serious […]

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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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