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Perjury or bad memory? Two arguments in trial of ex-cop — Posted: Friday, June 26, 2015, 1:37 PM To prosecutors, it's a case of a cop caught lying on the witness stand until a defense lawyer confronted him with a video of his warrantless search of a drug suspect's car.

Judge dismisses witness intimidation charge in election fraud case — Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 1:36 PM A Philadelphia judge has dismissed witness intimidation charges against the relative of four North Philadelphia election workers accused of adding votes to the machine after the polls closed in the November general election. Municipal Court Judge Roger F.

D.A. charges three Philly election officials with fraud — Last updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 4:45 PM The District Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged three Philadelphia election officials with committing fraud in the 2014 and 2015 primary elections. In Juniata Park's 33d Ward, 5th Division, Robin Trainor, the judge of election, and Laura Murtaugh, the division's minority election inspector, were charged with fraud involving the May 19 primary.

Man held for trial in slaying of transgender Center City woman — Last updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:31 PM A man killed "London Chanel," a Center City transgender woman, after she accused him of "sexually touching" her, his girlfriend testified Tuesday. Mayai Bankz testified that her boyfriend, Raheam Felton, attacked Chanel in an abandoned North Philadelphia house within moments of her telling Bankz of his moves on her.

Two Philly cops held for beating Najee Rivera — Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:02 PM Two Philadelphia police officers - accused of knocking a man off his motor scooter and then beating him after he ran a stop sign in North Philadelphia - were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on brutality charges by a Philadelphia judge.

Philly man given 16-33 years for bilking WWII vet out of $95,000 — Last updated: Monday, June 22, 2015, 2:20 PM Posted: Monday, June 22, 2015, 2:16 PM For most of the last four years, Shelton Thomas assumed the identity of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a bizarre scheme to bilk more than $95,000 from the elderly World War II veteran whose lawn he mowed.

Pa. Supreme Court bars Philly rape defendant from withdrawing his guilty plea — Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 3:40 PM Resolving questions about when a criminal defendant may withdraw a guilty plea, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has unanimously reinstated the 30- to 66-year prison term of a Kensington man who admitted raping an 11-year-old girl.

Former Philly cop gets prison term for DUI death — Posted: Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:33 PM A former Philadelphia police sergeant pleaded no contest Monday to involuntary manslaughter and drunk-driving and was sentenced to two to seven years in prison for the 2013 death of a Fishtown man whose car he hit at 101 m.p.h.

Parents of toddler who starved to death plead guilty — Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:29 PM The parents of a disabled 3-year-old girl who starved to death in their West Oak Lane home pleaded guilty to third-degree murder Thursday. Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez each pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy in the Sept.

'Black Madam' gets 10-20 years in butt injection death — Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 11:42 AM Padge-Victoria Windslowe - the West Philadelphia woman who called herself "Black Madam" - was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison for killing one person and injuring another after injecting them with liquid silicone during illegal buttocks-enhancement procedures.
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Jun 30, 2015

Ex-Philly cop Steven Lupo acquitted of perjury by city jury. Accused of lying about warrantless search of drug suspect's car. More coming.

Jun 26, 2015

Perjury or bad memory: trial opens in case of ex-Philly cop involving 2011 car stop and drug arrest.

Jun 26, 2015

Perjury trial of ex-Philly cop Steven Lupo starts. Charged with lying about warrantless search of drug-dealer car's trunk. More coming.

Jun 25, 2015

Slashed tires on car of Philly poll watcher who reports fraud. Judge tosses case vs kin of 4 arrested poll workers.

Jun 25, 2015

Philly judge dismisses intimidation charges vs relative of 4 election officials charged w/voter fraud. More coming.

Jun 24, 2015

Philly DA charges 3 election officials with fraud in '14 and '15 primary elections. More coming.

Jun 24, 2015

A boyfriend dead, an ex-boyfriend freed: the case of Alisa Davis and death of William Blount.

Jun 23, 2015

Phila man held for murder trial for stabbing of transgender woman who accused him of sexually touching her.

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