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Former Philadelphia Cop Found Not Guilty Of Assaulting Woman After Puerto Rican Day Parade

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A former Philadelphia police lieutenant accused of slapping a woman to the ground after last summer’s Puerto Rican Day parade (see previous story) was acquitted today in a Philadelphia courtroom. In a non-jury trial, Judge Patrick Dugan today ruled that Jonathan Josey was not guilty of simple assault when he struck Aida […]

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Rape Charges Dropped Against Former Montco GOP Chairman

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Rape charges have been dropped against attorney and former Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Robert Kerns. Last fall, Kerns was charged with drugging a woman with Ambien and then raping her after a party. Defense attorney Brian McMonagle says two toxicologists reviewed the victim’s lab work and found no drugs found in […]

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Sigel acquitted of attempted murder

Rap star Beanie Sigel was swept up by embraces, kisses and applause from family and friends yesterday, minutes after a jury announced that he was not guilty of attempted murder in connection with a 2003 West Philadelphia shooting. "I'm just thankful for a fair jury," Sigel told reporters after hugging dozens of family members and […]

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ASAP Rocky has charges dismissed

All criminal charges were dismissed against recording artist ASAP Rocky today in a Philadelphia courtroom. The popular rapper and designer appeared in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court today with his attorney Brian McMonagle by his side. McMonagle convinced Judge James Deleon to dismiss charges of Simple Assault and Harassment against the rapper. The charges were brought after […]

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Cardinal Bevilacqua’s defense attorney connects easily with juries; razor sharp on cross-examination

By Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer He's one of a small band of criminal defense lawyers who have made careers representing high-profile clients who find themselves in the cross hairs of government prosecutors. Brian McMonagle arguably has seen it all, at least in the legal profession. His firm has represented rap singers, athletes, politicians and cops. […]

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Acquitted defendant says he felt an obligation to testify

John Christmas doesn't have the look of a gambler. Soft-spoken and with a fashion sense that leans toward bow ties and white, V-neck boating sweaters, the 40-year-old lawyer instead has the look of a conservative, by-the-book government wonk – which many friends and associates say he is.But with his freedom and livelihood on the line, […]

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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 […]

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Christmas acquitted of last count against him

His wife was crying, his attorney was elated and John Christmas, ex-special assistant to Mayor Street's chief of staff, was thrilled. That was the the reaction yesterday when U.S. District Judge Bruce A. Kauffman acquitted Christmas, 40, of the last count against him – lying to the grand jury about conversations with Muslim cleric Shamsud-din […]

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From hoops court to a trial court – Innocent man freed after 14 months in jail

Early on the morning of March 9, 1999, Benjamin Easley, 23, was leaving for Delaware County Community College, where he was an honor student and a basketball star, when police arrested him for murder. Black-clad SWAT cops dropped ninja-style out of the trees emerged from the bushes around his father's Upper Darby home, drew their […]

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Rapper guilty of lesser charge

Rap star Cassidy was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday for his role in a full-scale gun battle last April that killed one man and wounded two others in West Oak Lane. The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Barry Reese, was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison immediately after Common Pleas […]

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