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Philly rapper Beanie Sigel admits not filing taxes

Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel could face another prison stint after admitting he didn't file or pay taxes from 2003 through 2005. The 37-year-old Sigel entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia. U.S. prosecutors say he owes about $350,000 on $1 million of unreported income. But defense lawyer Fortunato Perri Jr. plans to challenge […]

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Phila. judge acquits former police officers charged with assaulting graffitist

Three years after they were charged with assaulting and breaking the jaw of a graffiti artist after he tagged a Feltonville building, former Philadelphia police Officers Sheldon B. Fitzgerald and James Hill 3d walked out of court Friday free and intent on returning to the force. The dramatic acquittals were announced not by the Common […]

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2 Fired Philadelphia Officers Vindicated After Alleged Courthouse Tagging Incident

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two fired Philadelphia police officers have been acquitted of assaulting a graffiti vandal, who may have targetted the courthouse during this trial. The judge found the alleged victim lied, repeatedly, is patently unreliable, and he acquitted the defendants of the 2007 incidentg without even letting the case go to the jury for […]

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Graffiti delay two officers' trial in graffitist's beating

The great and powerful Oz was elsewhere Thursday, but his calling card was left behind in Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center. The morning after graffitist David Vernitsky – a.k.a. “Oz” – testified at the trial of two former Philadelphia police officers accused of breaking his jaw after catching him in the act four years ago, the […]

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Philly man convicted of manslaughter for 2001 shooting

A Philadelphia man was acquitted on Tuesday of murder charges, but found guilty of lesser offenses, in the decade-old shooting death of a man that was sparked when the defendant was found alone with the victim's ex-girlfriend. Judge Ann Osborne, who presided over the non-jury trial that ended March 29, found Shawn Gallman, 51, guilty […]

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Split Verdict for Daniel Castro

  Federal prosecutors were stunned at the split verdict against former Philadelphia Police Inspector Daniel Castro yesterday, but at least two jurors felt that the government went too far. Castro was convicted of lying to the FBI and acquitted of an extortion-related count, but the jury deadlocked on the eight remaining counts. U.S. District Chief […]

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Perzel lawyer: Using state equipment for politics no crime

HARRISBURG – Former House Speaker John M. Perzel did use state equipment for political gain, but it wasn’t a crime, defense attorney Brian J. McMonagle argued today in a pretrial hearing. That’s because the technology also is used for legitimate legislative purposes, such as sending constituents information about state programs, he said. “It’s helping people […]

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Perzel Corruption Case Inches Forward In Harrisburg

A judge in Harrisburg today began hearing arguments on pretrial motions in the corruption case against former Pennsylvania House speaker John Perzel of Philadelphia and nine others associated with the House Republican caucus. Perzel is charged with theft, conflict of interest, and other offenses. As he sought dismissal of the conflict-of-interest charges, Perzel's attorney, Brian […]

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Offices of State Rep., staffer and judge raided

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA – August 18, 2010 — Action News has learned that federal authorities conducted raids this morning involving Pa. State Representative William Keller. Federal investigators carted out files and cases from a home in Rose Valley, Delaware County. The house belongs to Marty O’Rourke, a campaign aide to State Representative Bill Keller. Both the […]

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Two-year term for ex-officer in tip-off Rickie Durham made a call that alerted “Ace Capone” to a drug raid

Rejecting the prosecution’s primary arguments in the obstruction-of-justice case against former Philadelphia police officer Rickie Durham, a federal judge Monday sentenced him to 24 months in prison, well below the minimum 15-year sentence authorities had sought. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Savage said Durham’s actions were “reckless” and “exposed fellow officers to great risk,” but […]

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