LISTEN: Delvin Barnes Appears in Philadelphia Courtroom

delven-barnes-mugshot-400x400Delvin Barnes, the man charged with kidnapping Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, appeared in federal court in Philadelphia today (hear the full, 5-minute appearance below). He got a public defender and will be back in court Friday for a bail hearing.

Spoiler alert: He won’t get bail.

Barnes is charged with abducting Freeland-Gaither from a Germantown street earlier this month. Freeland-Gaither was found alive a week ago in Maryland.

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Mayfair Man Who Intentionally Drove Corvette into Delaware: “What’s the Charge?”

A Philadelphia man is on the run from police after he intentionally drove his Corvette into the Delaware River on Monday afternoon. Cops have a warrant out for John Kramer, a 50-year-old Mayfair man who drove his 1990 red Corvette into the Delaware River.

Cops haven’t found him yet. But Kramer, on the run out of state, did give an interview to Fox 29’s Dave Schratweiser where he defended himself for driving a Corvette into the river. “I didn’t want to put the car in the river, but everybody’s fighting over this damn car that I paid $3,600 for two years ago,” he told Fox 29. For three years, Kramer has been going through a contentious divorce with his estranged wife.

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Father of Lakers’ Wayne Ellington Killed in Germantown

The father of Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Wayne Ellington was shot to death in Germantown. Police said they do not have a motive as to why Wayne Ellington Sr. was shot in his car on Sunday night.

Ellington, who starred at Episcopal Academy and led North Carolina to the 2009 national championship, has played for five NBA teams. “My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

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The Tragedy of Thomasine Tynes

Thomasine Tynes, left. The bracelet she's alleged to have accepted from a undercover confidential informant for the attorney general's office.

Thomasine Tynes, left. The bracelet she’s alleged to have accepted from a undercover confidential informant for the attorney general’s office.

As told in the media these last few months, the story of Thomasine Tynes — the former Traffic Court judge — is sordid indeed. She lied to a grand jury. She took the gift of an expensive bracelet after promising to help a young man make connections at the court. The court she served on no longer exists. Her name appears destined to go down as just one more entry in the annals of Philly civic corruption.

And all those things are true. But a sentencing memorandum prepared by her attorney, Louis Busico, offers another view of Tynes — telling the story of an African-American woman who had a hard upbringing and who rose to unexpected heights, only to have it all come crashing down. This story is a tragedy.

These sentencing memoranda are designed to elicit sympathy, of course, and thus should be taken with a grain of salt. But Busico’s memorandum (the full document is below) might make you reconsider your view of Tynes. Here are five notable passages from that memo:

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Report: Ex-Traffic Judge Will Plead to Accepting Bracelet

Thomasine Tynes, left. The bracelet she's alleged to have accepted from a undercover confidential informant for the attorney general's office.

Thomasine Tynes, left. The bracelet she’s alleged to have accepted from a undercover confidential informant for the attorney general’s office.

Thomasine Tynes, the former Traffic Court judge who became the first — and so far only — person charged with a crime stemming from Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s abandoned sting of Philadelphia politicians, will plead to charges in the case and is cooperating with prosecutors. She had been accused of accepting a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet from an undercover confidential informant working for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

The information appeared in a sentencing memo prepared by Tynes’ lawyer, Louis R. Busico, on an unrelated perjury conviction related to the ticket-fixing scandal that resulted in the Traffic Court’s demise. (The full memorandum is below.) Busico wrote:
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Jillian Tait Didn’t Always Hate Her Son, Says Her Facebook Page

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Left: Loren McMillan (father of Ryan and Scott McMillan) and Jillian Tait in an undated photo; Jillian Tait’s mugshot.

Last week, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of Jillian Tait and her boyfriend Gary Fellenbaum, accusing the couple of torturing and murdering Tait’s 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. The crime has a lot of people scratching their heads, wondering how a mother could do that to her child, with 96% of Philly Mag readers saying that Tait and Fellenbaum deserve the death penalty, if convicted. And now some old Facebook photos posted by Tait, who has had multiple Facebook accounts under different names, suggest that she wasn’t always the monster Hogan says she is today. Read more »

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