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Witness wavers in trial against Sigel

A witness who gave detailed testimony last year that he saw rapper Beanie Sigel repeatedly shoot and critically injure a man in 2003 backpedaled on the witness stand yesterday, mumbling and repeatedly saying he could not remember some details. Sigel, 31, is accused of shooting Terrence Speller near 52d Street and Larchwood Avenue in West […]

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'03 victim testifies Sigel shot him

In a quiet voice, Terrence Speller, 28, testified yesterday that rap star Beanie Sigel was the gunman who critically wounded him in 2003. Speller told jurors that he was walking with a friend near 52d Street and Larchwood Avenue in West Philadelphia when he exchanged words with a woman Sigel had been dating.Then Sigel drove […]

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Teen's sentence in fatal hit ends

A judge decided yesterday that a 15-year-old unlicensed driver who killed a young Mayfair mother in April needs no further punishment now that the girl has completed community service. However, Family Court Judge Richard Gordon gave a stern lecture to Megan Miller's father, who let her get behind the wheel of the family's 1999 Mercury […]

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Rapper's murder charge lessened

A judge refused to hold rap star Cassidy on a first-degree murder charge yesterday and instead ordered the 23-year-old to stand trial on a charge of third-degree murder in an April shooting outside his Cedarbrook home. About two dozen family members and supporters of Cassidy – whose real name is Barry Reese – cheered and […]

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A break for rapper in slaying

A crowd of roughly two dozen supporters of rapper Cassidy – some wearing T-shirts with his picture on it – cheered and clapped yesterday when Municipal Judge Marsha Neifield ruled that prosecutors did not have enough evidence to try Cassidy for first-degree murder. Neifield upheld lesser murder charges against Cassidy, whose real name is Barry […]

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Judge Reduces Murder Charges Against Cassidy, Sets Bail at $2.5 Million

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Father: I tried to stop runaway car

The father who gave his unlicensed daughter a driving lesson that claimed the life of a young mother in April told investigators he tried to reach out with his hands and push the brake pedal as his car raced out of control. Richard Miller, 46, of the 3200 block of Longshore Avenue in Mayfair, is […]

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Cassidy hearing extended

After a key prosecution witness against rap star Cassidy dramatically changed his testimony yesterday, a judge said prosecutors in the performer's murder case could present additional preliminary hearing evidence next month. Cassidy – whose real name is Barry Reese – is accused of opening fire on a van outside his Cedarbrook home on April 15, […]

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Christmas acquitted of last count against him

His wife was crying, his attorney was elated and John Christmas, ex-special assistant to Mayor Street's chief of staff, was thrilled. That was the the reaction yesterday when U.S. District Judge Bruce A. Kauffman acquitted Christmas, 40, of the last count against him – lying to the grand jury about conversations with Muslim cleric Shamsud-din […]

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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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