An East Mount Airy man has been acquitted of homicide by vehicle and manslaughter in the death of a police officer who, according to the prosecution’s evidence, drove his bike into the path of the defendant.
A federal grand jury alleges identity fraud with an ugly twist, and US attorney Zane Memeger calls the allegations “truly despicable.”
Chancier McFarland has also agreed to cooperate against alleged co-conspirator Rafael Jones, the alleged triggerman in the case.
The defendant blamed a crack cocaine habit for this crime and more than a dozen other convictions over the past 20 years.
Prosecutors say defendant Jason Kohler, 42, already on probation with a suspended license because of an earlier DUI crash, was high on drugs and booze last year when he ran a stop sign, crashed, then tried to flee the scene.
Khusen Akhmedov played a key role in a multi-defendant, $1.7-million Medicare fraud. Authorities say he later took part in a drag race that killed a mother and three of her children.
Court officials say only about 14 percent of Philadelphians summoned for jury duty come to court.
A judge sided with an earlier court ruling that the evidence shows the two defendants acted together in a risky manner, resulting in the death of six people.
Gloria McNasby, the personal assistant for defendant judge Robert Mulgrew, testified that “consideration” was practiced routinely.
The witness, Tonya Hilton, was an aide to Willie Singletary, one of the judges now on trial.
Retired judge Ruth Dietrich testified that one of the defendant judges approched her about getting a particular outcome in a case before her.
All of these defendants have pleaded not guilty. Several other figures in the probe of Philadelphia Traffic Court have previously pleaded guilty.
Six former judges and a local businessman are scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in federal court in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket fixing case.
A Bucks county man has been sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison for a fraud that cheated Medicare out of millions of dollars intended for people who needed hospice care.
A 23-year-old Philadelphia man, charged with dumping debris on Septa’s Broad Street subway line causing an off-hours accident, has been ordered held without bail pending trial.