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Meek Mill Appeals Sentence, Asks City Judge Brinkley To Step Down

Lawyers for imprisoned Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill have launched what one lawyer called a “flurry of legal filings” to try to get the 30-year-old hip-hop star released from his 2- to 4-year prison term for violating the terms of his 10-year-old probation. The first filing Tuesday — a day after hundreds of supporters met outside […]

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Meek Mill Lawyers Want Rapper Released On Bail, Judge Removed From Case

Lawyers for Meek Mill have demanded the Philadelphia rapper’s immediate release on bail as well as asking that the judge who ordered his incarceration be removed from the case, accusing her of abusing her power by turning the entertainer’s case into a personal matter. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley has engaged in a […]

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Tough Negotiating Wins 6-Figure Award for Off-Duty Officer Hurt in Crash

McMonagle, Perri, McHugh & Mischak has won a six-figure settlement for an off-duty Philadelphia police officer who was seriously injured in a car accident. The firm’s lawyers negotiated aggressively with insurance companies for months on the client’s behalf. A motorist who was texting while driving slammed into the rear of the officer’s vehicle. The client […]

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Pa. Attorney General renews pursuit of criminal charges against Amtrak engineer

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is appealing a judge’s September decision to toss criminal charges against Brandon Bostian, the engineer who was driving Amtrak Train 188 when it derailed in May 2015, injuring hundreds and killing eight. Shapiro’s office said Tuesday it has filed a notice of appeal of to Common Pleas Judge Thomas Gehret’s […]

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Pennsylvania AG will still seek charges against Amtrak derailment engineer

The pursuit of criminal charges against the engineer who derailed an Amtrak train in Philadelphia in 2015 will continue, as Pennsylvania’s attorney general reported he was appealing a municipal court judge’s decision last month to dismiss charges. Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday that he had filed a notice of appeal. The filing with Common […]

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Prosecutors Still Pursuing Charges Against Driver in Philly Amtrak Crash

Pennsylvania’s attorney general is still pursuing criminal charges against the driver of a deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia in 2015, appealing a judge’s decision last month to throw out the charges. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office said on Tuesday he had filed a notice of appeal, extending what has been a convoluted legal path […]

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Dogged Representation Aids Family in Fatal Drunken Driving Case

It was an early fall evening. A 73-year-old man had picked his grandson up at football practice and was driving the young teenager home. It was a routine repeated daily by thousands of grandparents and parents. Nothing out of the ordinary. But as the two traveled through Philadelphia’s East Mount Airy neighborhood, the ordinary errand […]

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Brandon Bostian, engineer of derailed Philly Amtrak train, sees charges thrown out

A judge has tossed criminal charges against the Amtrak engineer accused of involuntary manslaughter in a Philadelphia derailment that killed eight people. Judge Thomas Gehret made the decision Tuesday after a preliminary hearing for Brandon Bostian, 34. Gehret said the evidence offered by prosecutors convinced him that the wreck was “more likely an accident than […]

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Charges dropped against Amtrak engineer in deadly derailment case

A judge on Tuesday dropped charges that included involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment against an Amtrak engineer involved in a 2015 crash that killed eight people. Brandon Bostian’s Washington-to-New York train rounded a curve at 106 miles per hour, more than twice the legal limit, and careened off the tracks that hit cars and hurled […]

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Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment Was ‘Likely an Accident,’ Judge Finds

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges against an Amtrak engineer who was driving a train that derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight people. The judge said the episode appeared to be an accident and not the result of criminal negligence. The judge, Thomas F. Gehret of Philadelphia Municipal Court, said evidence […]

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