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False medical emergency lands defendant in jail

philly.com — Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:08 AM Melvin McIlwaine had one of those weeks last week. His criminal fraud trial was to have started last Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, but he wound up in the emergency room, complaining of "cardiac arrest" followed by a day of nausea.

Gunman who killed Phila. Police Officer Moses Walker found guilty of murder 1

philly.com — Last updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 2:18 PM The North Philadelphia man accused of killing Police Officer Moses Walker in a predawn robbery two years ago was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder by a Common Pleas Court judge. Judge Jeffrey P.

Witness: Walker targeted because he looked like Temple student

philly.com — Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:47 PM The alleged accomplice of accused cop-killer Rafael Jones testified Wednesday that they chose to rob off duty Police Officer Moses Walker because he looked like a Temple University student.

Witness: Walker targeted because he looked like Temple student

philly.com — Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:47 PM The alleged accomplice of accused cop-killer Rafael Jones testified Wednesday that they chose to rob off duty Police Officer Moses Walker because he looked like a Temple University student.

Friend says alleged cop killer confessed with a 'bang'

philly.com — Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 1:53 PM Maurice Gibbs said he was playing cards with friends outside a neighbor's Bartram Village apartment on Aug. 20, 2012 when childhood friend Rafael Jones walked up. Gibbs said the only thing more surprising than a friend he hadn't seen in seven years was what Jones said after drawing him aside from the card game: He killed a cop.

Friend: Alleged cop killer confessed with a 'bang'

inquirer.com — Maurice Gibbs said he was playing cards with friends outside a neighbor's Bartram Village apartment on Aug. 20, 2012 when childhood friend Rafael Jones walked up.

Cop recounts finding his fatally wounded colleague

philly.com — Last updated: Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:32 PM Posted: Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:30 PM The Aug. 18, 2012 police radio call was not unusual: gunshots on the highway. For Philadelphia Police Officer Ryan Saunders, the shock was when he rolled over the man balled into a fetal position at Cecil B.

Former judge rescinds plea deal in bid to save pension

inquirer.com — Former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. on Thursday rejected a proposed guilty plea on conflict of interest charges after learning that it could imperil his state pension.

Supreme Court turns deaf ear to Gosnell

philly.com — For three decades in West Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood, nearly everyone knew the name Kermit Barron Gosnell. Long before he became infamous as an illegal abortionist sentenced to three life-in-prison terms, Gosnell's clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. was the "urgent care" center of its day for the poor and uninsured.

Supreme Court tells convicted Philly abortion doctor convicted of murder they won't consider his case

mcall.com — For three decades in West Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood, nearly everyone knew the name Kermit Barron Gosnell. Long before he became infamous as an illegal abortionist sentenced to three life-in-prison terms, Gosnell and his clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. was the "urgent care" center of its day for the poor and uninsured.
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Dec 11, 2014

N Philly gunman Rafael Jones guilty in '12 murder of Officer Moses Walker. Life is mandatory but sent. set for Mar 6. bit.ly/1wDUXIP

Dec 11, 2014

Rafael Jones guilty, 1st degree murder in slaying of Philly cop Moses Walker. More coming.

Dec 11, 2014

Philly judge begins deliberating in nonjury trial of accused cop-killer Rafael Jones. Jones did not testify.

Dec 11, 2014

Prosecution ends case in trial of accused killer of Philly cop Moses Walker. Defense up next.

Dec 10, 2014

Witness: Off-duty Philly cop killed in robbery attempt because 'he looked like a Temple University student.' bit.ly/1yAb6tG

Dec 09, 2014

'Bang! You should have seen it. It was me.' - alleged cop-killer Rafael Jones to friend re death of Philly cop. bit.ly/1qqvT57 #inq

Dec 08, 2014

Rafael Jones waives jury trial in slaying of Philly cop Moses Walker. Death penalty withdrawn, testimony beginning. #inq

Dec 04, 2014

Fearing pension loss, ex-Philly Judge Willis Berry opts for trial in conflict of interest case, nixes plea deal. bit.ly/1yjTF5z #inq

Dec 04, 2014

Ex-Philly Judge Willis Berry rejects plea deal on conflict of interest charges. Will go to trial next year. More coming. #inq

Dec 03, 2014

Imprisoned W Philly abortion doc Kermit Gosnell gets brush-off from US Supreme Ct. bit.ly/1vlo2RU #inq

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