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Philly Cop Caught On Tape Striking Woman Gets Job Back

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia cop who was fired after a video of him punching a woman went viral is getting his job back. Lt. Jonathan Josey is back on the force, following an arbitration ruling. Josey was fired after the videotaped incident that happened in September 2012 at the Puerto Rican day parade. Josey […]

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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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Man arrested in Philly wedding brawl posts bail, plans to fight charges

Matthew Sofka, who was arrested at a post-wedding brawl Sunday night, has posted bail and plans to fight charges that he assaulted a Philadelphia police officer and resisted arrest. His attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said the melee was already under way when Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J., arrived at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel, where […]

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Mistrial declared in fatal Phillies ballpark fight

A Philadelphia judge has declared a mistrial for three men charged in a fatal beating outside a Phillies game two years ago.

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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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Bevilacqua lawyer is used to high-profile cases

He’s one of a small band of criminal-defense lawyers who have made careers representing high-profile clients who find themselves in the crosshairs of government prosecutors. Brian McMonagle arguably has seen it all. His firm has represented rap artists, athletes, politicians, and police officers accused of crimes. He had a piece of the defense in prosecutions […]

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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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