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LeSean McCoy meets with prosecutors despite reports talk was off

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy met with Philadelphia prosecutors Tuesday evening. The meeting, which originally had been scheduled to take place at the district attorney’s office, instead took place at the office of McCoy’s attorney, Dennis Cogan. Cogan said McCoy met with assistant city prosecutors. McCoy and Cogan walked out together after the meeting, […]

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Who’s defending Bill Cosby? A look at his criminal team

PHILADELPHIA – At his only criminal court appearance to date, aging TV icon Bill Cosby stumbled past a scrum of photographers while two lawyers held him up on either side, walking him into a suburban Philadelphia courtroom. The attorneys hired to defend Cosby in the sex-assault case are a study in contrasts: — Outsider Monique […]

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Best man acquitted in wedding melee

Most young marrieds reminisce about their wedding. Few do it on the witness stand, testifying in the assault trial of their best man. At least for Michael Sofka and Nicole Sannuti-Sofka, recounting those memories at best man Matthew Sofka’s trial Thursday ended better than the post-wedding party three years ago, when Matthew Sofka was arrested […]

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Jury acquits ex-cop of perjury charge

In 2011, Lupo and his then-partner from the 14th District pulled over a driver for running a stop sign. The driver later was charged with marijuana possession when a warranted search of his vehicle recovered about 2 pounds of the substance. Lupo initially testified that he never opened the trunk of the vehicle. Later surveillance […]

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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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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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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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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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