The Feds Want to Put Joey Merlino Back In Prison Immediately

JOEY MERLINO

Philadelphia’s skinniest mobster Joey Merlino has been living in Boca Raton, Florida since his March 2011 release from federal prison, where he spent a decade on racketeering and extortion charges. But now the long arm of the law has caught up with him, yanking him back to the Federal Courthouse at 6th and Market streets in Philadelphia for a hearing on Friday morning. And the end result could be his return to federal prison. Read more »

Prosecutor’s Misdeeds Mean Trio Won’t Be Retried for Murder

A judge ruled yesterday that three men once convicted of torturing and murdering another man won’t be retried for the crime. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ruled the case couldn’t be retried due to prosecutorial misconduct during the original 2006 crime.

A jury convicted Aquil Bond, Jawayne Brown and Richard Brown of second-degree murder in 2006 and sentenced them to life without parole. Witnesses testified the three men duct-taped 25-year-old Rohan Haughton, tortured him with a hot kitchen knife and shot him in the head. All four men were involved in the drug trade.

But the state’s highest court threw out the conviction in 2012, saying Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron committed multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct at trial. During closing arguments, Cameron said a prosecution witness had helped solve seven murders. Additionally, he had the chief of the homicide Unit, Ed McCann, testify to corroborate witness testimony.

Lerner ruled yesterday the state’s constitution doesn’t allow a retrial when a verdict is thrown out due to prosecutorial misconduct.

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Man in Halloween Mask Robs Bank

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An “older male” in a Halloween mask robbed a TD Bank branch in Hatboro Wednesday morning, police say.

At 10 a.m. this morning, cops say, the man — in what appears to be some sort of monster mask — pointed a gun at a teller at the TD Bank on York Road in Hatboro. He fled in a blue older-model Buick (with the stolen license plate GKM 2042) after escaping with an unidentified amount of money.

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Philadelphians Ignore Stabbing in Pathmark Aisle, Keep Shopping

What are people around the United States thinking about Philadelphia today? Well, we’re a cold-blooded bunch who will not let a little thing like a stabbing at the supermarket get in the way of buying our Count Chocula. (Yes, presumably while also eating a cheesesteak.)

That’s courtesy of the above tweet, sent last night by NBC 10 and retweeted a few hundred times, and the related story. On Tuesday, a man in the Pathmark at 840 Cottman Avenue in Burlhome confronted another shopper, police say, and stabbed him in the face and neck with a kitchen knife.

The victim was taken to Jeanes Hospital and later transferred to Temple Hospital due to his worsening condition, but he is expected to survive.

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Prosecutors Say This DHS Worker Stole More Than 11,000 SEPTA Tokens

shamira This is Shamira Hawkins-Worthey. She’s worked for the city’s Department of Human Services for nearly eight years. And now she’s in trouble.

Prosecutors announced Monday they’re bringing 1,576 counts of theft, forgery and more against Hawkins-Worthey. Why? Because (they say) one of her job responsibilities was to help clients obtain SEPTA tokens so they could go to court hearings, medical appointments, and other “official events” despite poverty and an inability to pay SEPTA fare on their own.

District Attorney Seth Williams says Hawkins-Worthey instead filled out a number of requests for tokens in DHS cases that were already inactive or closed. She caught the attention of authorities when she requested 300 tokens over two days.

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Q&A: Rutgers Law Prof Who Says Pedophilia Is Not a Crime

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Margo Kaplan is not very popular today. In the Monday edition of the New York Times, the Rutgers-Camden law professor, an NYU and Harvard graduate, takes to the op-ed pages to argue that we’ve got it all wrong when it comes to pedophilia. She writes that pedophiles don’t necessarily turn out to be child molesters and that pedophilia is not a choice, i.e. a pedophile might be born that way. We reached her in her office in Camden to discuss.

pedophilia-not-a-crime-rutgers-margo-kaplanYou really lit up the comments section of the op-ed page today.
Yes, but I have to be honest. I am getting more emails of support than I ever expected. I’m shocked. I expected to get maybe 95% negative emails, but I’ve gotten so many positive ones. The online comments, though, are pretty uniformly negative, and a lot of people haven’t even read the article. Read more »

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