Criminal courts reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; writer, Crime & Punishment blog for http://philly.com, http://Inquirer.com

Council aide Gonzalez gets probation, restitution in benefits theft

philly.com — Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:32 PM A Philadelphia City Council aide who admitted stealing almost $25,000 in Social Security benefits from an elderly, infirm Kensington woman was sentenced Thursday to four years' probation and ordered to pay back the money.

Council aide Gonzalez gets probation, restitution in benefits theft

Ex-judge Berry to plead guilty, lawyer says

philly.com — Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:04 PM In a deal that would preserve his state pension, former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. will plead guilty to criminal charges that he used his judicial office and court staff to operate his private real estate business, Berry's lawyer confirmed Wednesday.

Joey Merlino Must Return to Prison

nbcphiladelphia.com — Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino must serve another four months in prison. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick made his ruling Friday after hearing 3-1/2 hours of testimony and arguments about whether Merlino violated his supervisory release by associating with convicted felons in Florida, where he's been living.

Joey Merlino must return to prison for four months

philly.com — Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014, 2:21 PM At this moment, former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino is eating lunch. Whether it's his last lunch for a while as a free man will be announced within an hour by U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick.

Victim describes carjacking ordeal

inquirer.com — A North Philadelphia real estate agent on Tuesday identified a parolee as one of two men who carjacked her and then took turns sexually assaulting her during a nightmarish drive that ended in a crash killing a mother and three of her children.

Ex-Penn official makes good on theft

philly.com — Last updated: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014, 11:33 AM After paying a final installment on $10,000 in restitution, the former director of the University of Pennsylvania's campus fitness center has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program that will expunge her criminal record.

Ex-Penn official makes good on theft

inquirer.com — After paying a final installment on $10,000 restitution, the former director of the University of Pennsylvania's campus fitness center has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program that will expunge her criminal record.

Murder charges dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct

philly.com — Last updated: Friday, October 10, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3:43 PM Invoking a rarely used provision of criminal law, a Philadelphia judge dismissed murder charges Thursday against three men in a 2002 execution-style slaying, ruling that prosecutorial misconduct in their 2006 trial was so egregious that they should not be retried.

Judge dismisses murder charges against three men because of prosecutorial misconduct

inquirer.com — Invoking a rarely used provision of criminal law, a Philadelphia judge on Thursday dismissed murder charges against three men in a 2002 execution-style slaying, ruling that prosecutorial misconduct in their 2006 trial was so egregious that they should not be tried again.
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Oct 30, 2014

Philly City Council aide gets 4 yrs probation, restitution in theft of SS benefits from infirm woman, 90. inquirer.com/front_page/bre… #Inq

Oct 29, 2014

3 yrs after arrest in auto insurance fraud scheme, suburban Philly lawyer pleads guilty. bit.ly/1rT7HDr #inq

Oct 24, 2014

Fed. judge to rule at 2:30 p.m. if ex-Philly mob boss Joseph Merlino returns to prison for probation violation. More to come. #inq

Oct 24, 2014

Prosecutor rests in parole violation hrg of convicted ex-mob boss Joey Merlino. Def. deciding whether to call witnesses. more to come. #inq

Oct 21, 2014

N Philly Realtor tells of carjacking, sex assaults, ending in horrific crash killing mom, 3 kids, selling fruit. bit.ly/1zjr5Ck #Inq

Oct 21, 2014

Philly man held for trial kidnapping, sex assault of real estate saleswoman&carjacking crash that killed family. More coming. #inq

Oct 20, 2014

Kensington man gets 28-56 yrs on guilty plea in murder of woman, 95. bit.ly/1vDetCt #inq

Oct 10, 2014

Ex-Penn official makes good on $10,000 theft, will have criminal record expunged. inquirer.com/local/pa/phila… #inq

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