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Ex-police officer acquitted of perjury

Defense lawyer Brian J. McMonagle called Lupo “a good cop” who had followed his father onto the force and was in his sixth year when he and partner Matthew Crosson stopped Farsi. “His great sin is that he forgets that he opened the trunk for 23 seconds,” McMonagle told the jury. Two prosecution witnesses praised […]

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Happy day for police clerk, acquitted of terroristic threats

YESTERDAY WAS a happy day for Kathy Pugh, who was dismissed from her civilian police-clerk job last year after she was arrested on charges in connection with a South Philly street fight. A judge acquitted her of all charges after a nonjury trial. Then, later in the day, Pugh, 53, learned that her co-defendant and […]

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Risoldi held for trial on all charges

Brian McMonagle, attorney for Risoldi’s daughter, Carla, repeatedly exclaimed, “She shouldn’t be here,” his booming voice echoing off courtroom walls. McMonagle accused prosecutors of ruining the family’s lives with trumped-up allegations and invoked the name of Thomas French, Risoldi’s late husband, who killed himself a few weeks after he was also charged in the case. […]

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Alleged arranger of Orchard Street murders hires high-powered attorney

The alleged shooter in the May 9 double murders on South Orchard Street murders and the man prosecutors say arranged the Boise hit are now both represented by two of Philadelphia’s most prominent defense attorneys. Brian McMonagle has been hired to represent Anthony J. Robins Jr., 34, of Fremont, Calif. Robins is accused of hiring […]

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McMonagle Named Best Criminal Lawyer in 2015

Best Lawyers of America has named Brian J. McMonagle, Esq as the 2015 Criminal Lawyer of the Year. McMonagle is a partner in the law firm of McMonagle Perri McHugh and Mischak located in Philadelphia.

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Tape of beating leads to charges against Philadelphia officers

Police in a patrol car chase down a man on a scooter. The car stops, and two officers get out and beat the man with their fists and batons. His orbital bone fractures and he suffers lacerations on his head, yet he is the one who is charged with aggravated assault. This week, the tables […]

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Federal Racketeering Case Against Ironworkers’ Boss Heads to Jury

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The defense has rested and the jury heard closing arguments today in the federal racketeering trial of former Philadelphia ironworkers’ union boss Joseph Dougherty. After presenting a series of character witnesses who praised Dougherty’s reputation for generosity, caring, and honesty, the defense rested. But prosecutor Rob Livermore told the jury the evidence […]

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Trial begins for ironworkers union boss

Union ironworkers called it “night work,” but it had nothing to do with pulling a night shift on a construction job. “It was just people taking a welder’s torch, breaking bolts, destroying, cutting,” said union ironworker William J. Gillin. More important, Gillin told a federal jury Monday, the after-hours attacks on nonunion job sites were […]

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Charges held for Montco woman accused of having sex with teenager

Charges against a 42-year-old married woman with children who is accused of having sex with a teenager will proceed to Montgomery County Court. Iris Gibney, of Pottstown, waived her preliminary hearing in Gilbertsville district court on Tuesday morning and allowed for the charges to be brought to the court of common pleas. Gibney is facing […]

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Auto-body shop co-owner gets probation in tow-truck bribery scheme

THE CO-OWNER of a Frankford auto-body shop who pleaded guilty to bribing a police dispatcher for information in the tow-truck business was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation. William Cheeseman, 43, of Delran, N.J., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to spend the first six months under electronically monitored home confinement. The […]

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