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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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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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Walter J. McHugh Appointment

Walter J. McHugh has been appointed by the PA Supreme Court to the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules committee for a term of three years. Read Walter’s full bio

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Rape charges dropped against former GOP chair Robert Kerns

WHITPAIN — Rape and sexual assault charges were dismissed against former Montgomery County GOP chair Robert Kerns during his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in Whitpain. Visiting Magisterial District Judge Joann L. Teyral, who presided in place of Judge Robert Sobeck, reviewed the transcript of the alleged victim’s testimony from a previous preliminary hearing Dec. 20, […]

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Cheese, Parsley, Flowers apparently not a good mix in towing business

K&B AUTO-BODY shop, a family-owned business in Frankford, has a “friendly office staff” and prides itself on its “ability to offer quality work with excellent service,” according to an online description of the company. Apparently co-owner William Cheeseman considered a police radio dispatcher to be part of the family, too. Dorian Parsley, 44, a 16-year […]

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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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