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“EX-OFFICER ACQUITTED IN A BEATING DEATH TWO FRIENDS OF HIS WERE CONVICTED. THEY WERE ACCUSED IN A CAB DRIVER'S DEATH.”

A former Philadelphia police officer was acquitted yesterday of murder charges in the fatal beating of a cab driver in 1992, two years before he joined the force. Rance Morgan, 28, who was assigned to the 16th District in West Philadelphia, and two friends were arrested last March and charged in the March 1, 1992, […]

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Suspect Is Taken Into Custody, Emerges From Police Van Paralyzed

Paralyzed from the neck down, 21-year-old Calvin Saunders lies motionless in a hospital bed, in constant pain and wondering why he ended up a quadriplegic. Saunders was arrested April 1 in South Philadelphia after police allegedly spotted him driving a stolen Acura Legend. Saunders sustained a cut to the ear in a struggle with the […]

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“COP CLEARED IN RAPE CASE `WE JUST DIDN'T BELIEVE HER,' ONE JUROR SAID”

The jury spoke, and so did an angry woman who had accused a cop of raping her in his patrol car in 1994. After fired cop Kevin Powell, 40, was acquitted yesterday, the 33-year-old woman stormed out of the courtroom, pointing her finger at Powell's family, shouting, “He's going to kill somebody next time. Wait […]

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“BAD GUYS, OR 5 MOB NOBODIES? DEFENSE LAWYERS, IN THEIR CLOSINGS, SCOFFED AT THE PROSECUTION. THEY SAID THEIR CLIENTS WERE HARDLY POWER-MAD KILLERS.”

They have been described by the government as top associates of mob boss John Stanfa, partners in an underworld power struggle that left bodies strewn across South Philadelphia. But yesterday, during a series of closing arguments to a U.S. District Court jury that will soon decide their fate, five of Stanfa's co-defendants were presented in […]

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“LAWYERS HOLD ROAST OF MOB WITNESSES JURY TO BE CHARGED AFTER SUMMATIONS”

Attorney Robert Madden yesterday suggested that with all these mob witnesses going into the federal Witness Protection Program, they could take up new jobs. His suggestions:John Veasey, who admitted torturing a victim by drilling holes in his head with a power drill until the bit broke, could become a “Black and Decker salesman.” James Lynch, […]

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POODLE'S DEATH STIRS TRIAL ENFORCER FOR MOB FINGERS LOANSHARK

Sometimes you just can't make up stuff like this. James “Jamo” Lynch looked like he came out of central casting. He had a weathered, alcoholic face with a smashed nose, the kind of look a movie producer might want to play an enforcer for a loanshark.Well, Lynch – who has a lengthy criminal record – […]

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IN MURDER OF LIMO DRIVER, HIS NUMBER WASN'T UP

The defense lawyer used Eagles green to win the murder case. The green shirt of Eagles running back Herschel Walker.Attorney Brian McMonagle said witnesses who saw limo driver Henry Speller, 37, shot and killed at 5th and Cantrell streets last Aug. 26 said the gunman wore an Eagles shirt with Walker's number 34 on it. […]

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3 OFFICERS NOT GUILTY IN BEATING

Three Philadelphia police officers were cleared yesterday of assault and other charges arising from a Grays Ferry man's contention that he had been beaten and burned with a hot light bulb during a 1988 drug raid. A courtroom full of police officers, anti-drug activists and friends of the defendants erupted in cheers when Municipal Judge […]

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