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Federal Jury Acquits SVU Detective of ALL Charges

April 11, 2017
The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday acquitted a former Philadelphia police detective accused of breaking the leg of a man as he escorted him from the Special Victims Unit in North Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury deliberated for about seven hours before acquitting Adam O’Donnell of aggravated and simple assault and two counts involving misusing […]

House arrest for judge in case-fixing scandal

May 27, 2017
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Former Municipal Court Judge Joseph J. O’Neill, who pleaded guilty in Philadelphia’s ongoing case-fixing scandal, was sentenced Wednesday to six months of house arrest for lying to federal agents. U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez also sentenced O’Neill to four years of probation concurrent with the house arrest. On May 26, O’Neill resigned his judgeship […]

Sources: South Philadelphia man charged in drug overdose deaths

May 19, 2017

Police sources say a 45-year-old South Philadelphia man stands charged tonight in the drug overdose deaths of two Queen Village residents.  It’s the first such case filed in Philadelphia under a new state law. The two victims died of drug overdoses in early April in an apartment at 4th and Bainbridge. Joseph Massimino Jr. is […]

Court: City Judge O’Neill to face federal charges

February 13, 2016
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Municipal Court Judge Joseph J. O’Neill soon will be charged in a federal criminal case, a state judicial court said in a filing Friday. The Court of Judicial Discipline said in a motion that Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Barrett told the panel about the federal charges O’Neill will face. Gregory J. Pagano, O’Neill’s criminal defense […]

Phila. police detective to be tried on charge of assaulting civilian

April 22, 2016
The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Philadelphia police detective charged with kicking a man and breaking his right leg will stand trial on aggravated assault and other charges, a municipal judge ordered Friday. Adam O’Donnell, 43, a nine-year member of the force, sat silently during a preliminary hearing as Judge Teresa Carr Deni ruled. Several fellow detectives were in the […]

D.A. drops death penalty in 2002 murder retrial

February 16, 2016
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has decided not to seek the death penalty in the retrial of a North Philadelphia man whose 2007 death sentence was invalidated after discovery of a mix-up in DNA evidence. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano announced the decision at a hearing Tuesday for Kareem Johnson, 31, convicted of first-degree murder […]

Jury Acquits Six Narcotics Cops On All Charges

May 14, 2015

It was a complete repudiation of the government’s racketeering case against six former narcotics officers. Forty-seven times, the jury foreman today announced a verdict on forty-seven charges contained in twenty-six separate counts. Forty-seven times, the jury foreman said, “Not Guilty.” When the jury foreman sat down, there was a roar of approval from  courtroom spectators […]

Officers in corruption trial praised as “heroes”

May 6, 2015
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The federal corruption case against six members of an elite Philadelphia police narcotics squad will head to a jury Thursday, after a second day of closing arguments in which the defense team lauded its clients as heroes and likened the officers’ accusers to “a freak show to end all.” Their speeches Wednesday ranged from indignant […]

The Real Deal: A Philly Police Officer Speaks Anonymously

September 22, 2014
Philadelphia Magazine

In our new feature, The Real Deal, we’re talking to people in Philadelphia who will only speak to us with a clear agreement of anonymity. For the first installment, a veteran Philadelphia police officer talks about the Center City gay-bashing, stop-and-frisk, and his biggest problem with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Let’s start with the case […]

The Fall of the Main Line Drug Ring

July 27, 2014
Philadelphia magazine

On the afternoon of April 21st, 18-year-old Timothy Brooks arrived at a courthouse in Ardmore, a mile east of his alma mater, the Haverford School. His appearance — khaki pants, blue blazer, square jaw — suggested good breeding. Walking alone, in handcuffs, he lifted his head and smiled at the assorted cameras before him. “Why […]

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