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How celebrated are celebs in court?

Call it the Beyonce factor. It's that breath-taking moment when a celebrity shows up in a criminal courtroom – as defendant, victim, witness or, as Beyonce did last week, as spectator – and parades in front of a jury that isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, a jury of her peers.The first question that […]

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Mistrial in Beanie Sigel case

With jurors hopelessly deadlocked after five days of deliberations, a judge yesterday declared a mistrial in the attempted-murder prosecution of rapper Beanie Sigel. Assistant District Attorney Deborah Robinson said prosecutors would retry the case, which attracted considerable hip-hop star power last week when Jay-Z and Beyonc appeared at the Criminal Justice Center.Sigel, wearing a black […]

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Sigel's trial closes with drama

The importance of Beanie Sigel's star quality was up for debate yesterday during closing arguments in his attempted murder trial. From the defense perspective, the case is all about the rap star's celebrity status. It was the promise of a big payday from “the famous Beanie Sigel” that inspired shooting victim Terrance Speller and witness […]

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Rapper's lawyer attacks in his closing argument

Lawyers for rapper Beanie Sigel, charged with attempted murder in a West Philadelphia shooting last year, rested their case yesterday without calling a single witness. Instead, defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. sought to demolish the prosecution's case in a dramatic, 20-minute closing argument to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury.Prosecutors argued that Sigel, 30, whose […]

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Victim takes stand in Beanie's trial

Walking toward the witness stand just feet from the huge, fashionably attired rap star with the staggeringly expensive diamond-encrusted watch, Terrence Speller seemed so plain and so tiny. Speller wore a nondescript plaid shirt and navy pants yesterday to testify as the victim in the attempted-murder trial of hip-hop artist Beanie Sigel. Speller's diminutive appearance […]

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2 EX-COPS CLEARED OF RAPE RAP

The exotic dancer who accused two Philadelphia cops of raping her said that despite their guilty pleas to lesser charges yesterday, she believes they still laugh about what happened. But when James Fallon, 33, and Timothy Carre, 29, finally admitted their guilt to the judge yesterday, they wept.The rape charges against the pair were dropped […]

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Siblings cleared of 3 homicides

The two men the police commissioner dubbed the city's most violent citizens were acquitted yesterday of all charges in a triple homicide inside a North Philadelphia speakeasy. After jurors announced they had found brothers Cassius and Jerome Broaster not guilty of killing three and wounding five inside the illegal bar in February 2002, one of […]

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Developer cleared in housing scam

Dawud Bey, a Point Breeze real estate developer who bought five different properties in a stolen-house scam uncovered by the Daily News, was found innocent of criminal charges yesterday, after his lawyer portrayed him as yet another victim of the real house thieves. Ruling from the bench after a two-day, nonjury trial, Common Pleas Judge […]

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Two officers charged with rape

Arrest warrants were issued yesterday for two Philadelphia police officers accused of raping a 25-year-old exotic dancer while they were on duty in their patrol car last month. Officer James Fallon Jr., a six-year police veteran, is to turn himself in Tuesday morning to Internal Affairs, his lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr., said.The other officer, Timothy […]

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2d ruling leaves ex-police Capt. Brady off the hook

For the second time in six months, a judge has thrown out all criminal counts against former Philadelphia Police Homicide Capt. James J. Brady, putting an end to charges that he covered up a car accident after a night of drinking. Also yesterday, Common Pleas Court Judge Joyce S. Kean tossed out the most serious […]

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