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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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Report: School Cops Beat Student for Being Late

A star football player for Frankford High was allegedly chased down, held down and beaten by truancy officers officer when he showed up late for classes one morning, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Jeffione Thomas was hospitalized with cuts, bruises and broken blood vessels on his face and missed three games after the alleged […]

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Lawyer Cleared In Parking Lot Death

It was a mystifying pedestrian death – one that initially confused police investigators, triggered a seven-month grand jury probe, and left little decisive evidence behind. In the end, that evidence was not enough to convict lawyer Richard Patton of vehicular homicide in the death of his girlfriend in a Newtown Township parking lot. A Bucks […]

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Woman admits killing bigamist husband

In the months after allowing her husband to take a second wife, Myra Morton was growing more and more resentful of the arrangement. The 48-year-old Morton hit her breaking point hours before her bigamist spouse was to board a flight to Morocco to impregnate his younger bride, whom he had sent thousands of dollars. Morton […]

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Beanie Sigel back in court, asked about drugs, friends

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