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Commonwealth v. M..
May 10

Commonwealth v. M.D.

Police received information about narcotics sales being made out of a house on 65th Street and utilized a confidential informant to purchase cocaine from that residence. The CI went to the location three times to purchase drugs. On the first two occasions, police claimed that M.D. opened the door for the CI, then went to …

The Charges:

Possession with Intent to Deliver (PWID), Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. E.A.
April 18

Commonwealth v. E.A.

A masked-man with a gun robbed a Speedy Lube during regular business hours and made off with over $1,000 and a batch of state inspection stickers. Two employees at the Speedy Lube claimed that they immediately recognized the voice of the gunman as E.A., an employee who was allegedly fired earlier that day. The DA’s …

The Charges:

Robbery (F1), VUFA (illegal Firearms)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. S.N.
April 18

Commonwealth v. S.N.

S.N. was involved in a two-car accident on 95 when state police arrived to investigate. The trooper opined that S.N. had slurred speech, difficulty following commands, a flushed face and residue around his mouth. S.N. was arrested for suspicion of DUI and taken in for chemical testing. Results of the blood draw showed the presence …

The Charges:

DUI (Third Offense)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. J.N.
March 6

Commonwealth v. J.N.

Philadelphia police officers set up a narcotics surveillance on a house on Limekiln Pike, and observed several men enter a property with an empty shopping bag and then exit with the same bag now appearing to be full. These individuals were stopped where police found a large amount of marijuana from the shopping bag. Based …

The Charges:

Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (VUFA 6105)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. T.N.
December 9

Commonwealth v. T.N.

During a heated neighborhood dispute, a gunman opened fire on the block and struck a young woman in the back, shattering her pelvic bone. Witnesses told police that they observed the shooter exit from a car that was left on the block and police searched that car, finding paperwork in the name of T.N. Based …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, VUFA (Illegal Firearm)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty of All charges

Commonwealth v. S.C.
November 23

Commonwealth v. S.C.

S.C. and a friend were walking home late at night when two Philadelphia police officers spotted them, and because of their youthful appearance, thought they may have been in curfew violation. The officers claimed that after they got out of their car, both S.C and his friend fled on foot and that S.C. discarded a …

The Charges:

Illegal Possession of a Firearm (VUFA 6106 and 6108)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. T.M.
October 26

Commonwealth v. T.M.

Philadelphia Housing Authority officers were in their marked patrol car when they allegedly observed T.M. run a stop sign near a housing authority property. After stopping the car, the officers claim that T.M got out of the driver’s seat and attempted to walk away from them.

After drawing their guns on him, they ordered him …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID), VUFA 6106 and 6108 (Illegal Possession of a Firearm)

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress GRANTED. Case DISMISSED.

Commonwealth v. L.F.
September 28

Commonwealth v. T.G.

Police on routine patrol observed T.G. as a passenger in a car that was being driven “without adequate lighting on the license plate” making it hard for the officers to read the plate. As a result, the officers initiated a traffic stop. The car pulled into a parking lot and before the officers could get …

The Charges:

Illegal Possession of a Firearm (VUFA 6105, VUFA 6106, VUFA 6108).

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress granted. Case dismissed.

Commonwealth v. L.F.
September 28

Commonwealth v. L.F.

L.F. was the subject of a weeks-long drug investigation. Police allegedly utilized a confidential informant to purchase crack cocaine from L.F. and a co-defendant on multiple occasions, which the police claimed they observed. Officers ultimately obtained a search warrant to search two residences that the police associated with L.F., which they believed were being used …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (F), Conspiracy (F), Possession of Firearm by Prohibited Person (VUFA 6105), Possession of Firearm Without a License (VUFA 6106).

The Verdict:

Case Dismissed for Speedy Trial Violation under Rule 600(a).

Commonwealth v. M.A.
August 23

Commonwealth v. M.A.

M.A. was arrested after allegedly firing his gun three times at his in-laws’ car from a distance of ten feet away. The in-laws had been concerned that M.A. had “abducted” his wife because she was not answering his phone. One of the in-laws called M.A. and demanded that they meet in a parking lot …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1) (3 counts). Reckless Endangerment (M2), Simple Assault (M2).

The Verdict:

Not guilty of Aggravated Assault.

Commonwealth v. T.T.
August 17

Commonwealth v. T.T.

T.T. was arrested after a victim reported to police that two men committed a home invasion robbery where he was beaten and had his car keys stolen. The victim reported that he knew one of the men (not T.T.), and that the co-defendant and T.T. forcibly entered his house demanding money for marijuana that …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1), Burglary (F1), Robbery (F1), Conspiracy (F1).

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. G.R.
August 17

Commonwealth v. G.R.

Philadelphia narcotics police set up a surveillance at a bar in Germantown in response to complaints about narcotics sales. According to police, a car pulled into the parking lot right in front of an officer. Minutes later, a car driven by G.R. pulled up next to it. The driver of the first car approached G.R.’s …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (F), Fleeing Police (F3), Simple Possession

The Verdict:

Felony charges dismissed at preliminary hearing.

Commonwealth v. E.J.
June 30

Commonwealth v. E.J.

E.J. and his wife were going through a separation when the wife reported to police that E.J. had taken her back to his apartment against her will, choked her to the point she became unconscious, put a knife to her throat and stole her cell phone. Police took photographs of numerous red marks on her …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1), Robbery (F1), Kidnapping (F1), Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Simple Assault, Theft, Terroristic Threats, Possession of an Instrument of Crime.

The Verdict:

Not Guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. C.L.
May 20

Commonwealth v. C.L.

C.L. was shot in the leg and taken to Temple hospital. Police interviewed him as they do with all victims, and C.L. indicated that he was walking down an alley in Kensington when he heard an argument followed by gunshots.

He stated that he was shot from behind but didn’t see who shot him. Police located …

The Charges:

Illegal Firearms (VUFA 6106 and 6108), Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Granted. Charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. M.T.
May 16

Commonwealth v. M.T.

M.T. and his 16 year-old brother were arrested for Attempted Murder and related charges resulting from a shooting that occurred on the 1500 block of Gratz Street in Philadelphia. Two eyewitnesses gave statements implicating both individuals as the ones who fired 15 shots onto a crowded block, striking an 11 year-old boy in the process. …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder (F), Aggravated Assault (F1), Conspiracy (F1), Illegal Firearms (VUFA)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty of All Charges

Commonwealth v. R.D.
May 16

Commonwealth v. R.D.

R.D. was arrested after police claim they saw him drop a baggie containing 54 grams of crack cocaine into the open window of a car in a high crime area in Philadelphia, and he was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver. At trial, the officers claimed that as they turned onto the block, they …

The Charges:

Possession with Intent to Deliver

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. V.B.
April 29

Commonwealth v. V.B.

V.B was pulled over in North Philadelphia for running a red light. Police asked V.B., who was the sole occupant of the car, for insurance and registration to the vehicle, which did not belong to him. After looking in the glove box and under the sun visor, V.B. opened the center console. At this point, …

The Charges:

Carrying a Firearm Without a License (F3) (VUFA 6106), Carrying a Firearm on the Pubic Streets (M1) (VUFA 6108).

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. W.P.
April 27

Commonwealth v. W.P.

Undercover police officers were on their way to a drug surveillance location when they observed the defendant and a friend drinking a beer on the steps of a property. They decided to stop and conduct an investigation, and claim that the defendant walked away from police and then refused to answer their questions. According to the …

The Charges:

Possession of a Firearm By a Prohibited Person (VUFA 6105), Carrying a Firearm Without a License (VUFA 6106), Carrying a Firearm on the Public Streets (VUFA 6108).

The Verdict:

Not Guilty.

Commonwealth v. A.L.
April 26

Commonwealth v. A.L.

A.L., a 63 year-old Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam and had never been arrested, was arrested after a vindictive neighbor upset over petty property issues reported to police that A.L. had threatened her with a gun. When police responded, they observed A.L. in his car with his legally owned firearm in his holster. …

The Charges:

Intimidation of a Witness (F), Conspiracy (F) Possession of an Instrument of Crime (M1), Terroristic Threats (M2), Simple Assault (M2).

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. D.A.
April 11

Commonwealth v. D.A.

Police responded to a radio call for suspicious individuals inside of an apartment complex in Northeast Philadelphia. Upon their arrival, they saw D.A. who fit the description of someone who was banging on various apartment doors. Police questioned D.A. as to why he was in the building and he told them that he was looking …

The Charges:

VUFA (Illegal Firearms) 6106, 6108.

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Evidence Granted. Charges Dismissed.

Commonwealth v. J.V.
March 14

Commonwealth v. J.V.

Police responding to a radio call observed J.V. matching the description of the person they were looking for and holding a screwdriver. Officers told him to drop the screwdriver and as they were handcuffing him saw narcotics in his hoodie pocket. They recover 14 packets of crack cocaine and arrest him for possession of narcotics. …

The Charges:

Possession of Narcotics

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Granted. Charges withdrawn.

Commonwealth v. I.G.
March 7

Commonwealth v. I.G.

I.G. and his cousin were arrested for Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Conspiracy after police responding to a fight observed an unconscious victim on the sidewalk suffering broken bones in his face. The victim claimed the incident was unprovoked. However, the incident had occurred because I.G.’s 5 year old daughter came home crying because the …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1), Conspiracy (F1), Robbery (F1), Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. K.M.
February 14

Commonwealth v. K.M.

K.M., a juvenile, and his brother and two other boys were arrested for Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault and related charges after a female youth claimed that they had shot her with a BB gun and forced her to perform oral sex on all of them. After securing K.M.’s release from juvenile custody to his parent’s …

The Charges:

Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI) (F1), Sexual Assault (F2), Conspiracy (F1), Aggravated Assault (F1), Simple Assault (M2)

The Verdict:

Not guilty of felonies.

Commonwealth v. R.C.
February 4

Commonwealth v. R.C.

R.C. was arrested after an unimaginably brutal home invasion of a young couple in Philadelphia. A male victim was duct taped, beaten and stabbed to within an inch of his life, and the female was taken to a remote location and sexually assaulted multiple times before she was finally able to escape and call police. …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder, Rape, Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault

The Verdict:

All charges withdrawn

Commonwealth v. C.S.
January 8

Commonwealth v. C.S.

C.S. is arrested after police respond to a radio call for a person with a gun. Upon arrival, they interview a complainant who told them that C.S. pistol whipped him multiple times and then fled into a nearby residence. Police observed that the complainant had bruises and lacerations on his face and was missing two …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1), VUFA 6105, 6106, 6108 (Illegal Firearms), Terroristic Threats, REAP, Simple Assault

The Verdict:

Not guilty of felonies and gun charges.

Commonwealth v. M.J.
December 14

Commonwealth v. M.J.

Police conducting a narcotics surveillance observed M.J. and 6-7 other men involved in a dice game on the sidewalk. During a thirty minute period, police claim three different individuals approach M.J. and hand him money. Each time M.J. would then enter a nearby car and retrieve “objects” and hand those objects to the “buyers.” All …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (F)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. T.D.
November 30

Commonwealth v. T.D.

T.D. was arrested after several “witnesses” told police that he fired a gun at them. Police recovered shell casings from the scene and took pictures of a car that was damaged by bullet holes. Witnesses claimed that T.D. walked up the steps of a house and began pulling a gun out. The “victim” then tried …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1), VUFA 6106, 6108, 6105 (Illegal Firearm).

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. A.S.
October 30

Commonwealth v. A.S.

A.S. was charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of an Instrument of Crime after his own mother reported to police that he attacked her with a machete after becoming intoxicated. At trial, the defense attacked her ridiculous story that he swung the machete full force at her neck but only escaped injury when her hoop …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1),
Possession of Instrument of Crime

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. H.C.
October 26

Commonwealth v. H.C.

Police stopped a van being driven by H.C. for not using headlights. During the car stop, one of the officers allegedly observed three packages of what he knew to be heroin for a total of 495 packets. The officer claimed they were within inches of H.C.’s leg, and that no one else was in the …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver Narcotics (F)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. J.M.
October 22

Commonwealth v. J.M.

J.M. was arrested after a Philadelphia narcotics sergeant and another officer on patrol alleged that they saw him in a narcotics transaction with two other males. The Sgt. claimed that as she was driving she saw J.M. hand another male a large bag of marijuana, who then placed the bag in a mailbox. When the …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver,
Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not Guilty.

Commonwealth v. D.W
October 16

Commonwealth v. D.W.

D.W. was arrested after his ex-girlfriend reported to police that he intentionally drove his car into a wall in an attempt to seriously injure her and her five year-old child. She claimed to have suffered injuries to her head, neck and back, and claimed that the child was injured as well. Additionally, she produced an …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1),
Intimidation (F1),
Endangering Welfare of a Child (M1)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. W.C.
October 5

Commonwealth v. W.C.

Philadelphia police on routine patrol receive information regarding a shooting that occurred three blocks away and based on that information stop a car being driven by W.C. Claiming that W.C. exhibited “extreme nervousness” and could not adequately answer the officers’ questions, W.C. and a passenger were detained and the car was searched. During the search …

The Charges:

Violations of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA)

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Granted. Charges Dismissed.

Commonwealth v. T.D.
September 15

Commonwealth v. T.D.

Police on routine patrol observed a car driven by T.D. fail to use a turn signal. Due to the fact that T.D. did not have a valid driver’s license and the car was a rental, police asked him to step out of the car. At the same time, another officer noticed that the front seat …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (F),
Conspiracy (F)

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Evidence Granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. F.C.
August 14

Commonwealth v. F.C.

Police were stopped in their car at a traffic light when officers claimed that they smelled marijuana coming from F.C.’s car, which was parked legally. As the officers approached F.C., they claim he made a quick movement under his seat. F.C. was removed from the car and police alleged that they recovered 24 packets of …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. B.A.
August 10

Commonwealth v. B.A.

Police observed B.A. driving his car in West Philly in an area the police described as a corridor to the Philadelphia drug trade from the main line. Officers stopped his car after they claim he performed a “park up”, where a driver pulls over to avoid being followed by police. The reason for the stop …

The Charges:

Possession of Narcotics

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Granted. Charges Dismissed.

Commonwealth v. K.M.
July 31

Commonwealth v. K.M.

K.M. went to pick his girlfriend’s 3 year old daughter up from daycare when the child told the workers that she didn’t want to leave with him because he had touched her “down there”. Police were notified and the child was interviewed by child psychologists, who concluded that the child had clearly disclosed sexual abuse …

The Charges:

Unlawful Contact with a Minor (F1),
Indecent Assault of a Child (F3),
Endangering the Welfare of a Child,
Corrupting the Morals of a Minor

The Verdict:

Not Guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. J.R.
July 22

Commonwealth v. J.R.

J.R., who was on state parole, went in to the parole officer to meet with an agent. During the meeting, the parole officer took J.R.’s phone and searched it. On the phone, the officer observed photographs of large amounts of cash, and one photograph of a gun. Based on these observations, parole agents decided to …

The Charges:

Possession with Intent to Deliver (PWID)
Illegal Firearms (VUFA)

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress granted. Charges withdrawn.

Commonwealth v. G.P.
July 4

Commonwealth v. G.P.

Philadelphia police on routine patrol stopped G.P.’s car for a defective middle brake light. According to police, G.P. was taken out of the car for their safety, and during the course of the traffic investigation he pulled out a gun and fired one time at the officers. In response, the officers fired their guns at …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder,
Aggravated Assault,
VUFA (illegal firearms)

The Verdict:

All charges withdrawn

Commonwealth v. P.H.
June 19

Commonwealth v. P.H.

Police on routine patrol observed P.H. driving a car with expired registration stickers. As he was speaking to P.H. he noticed a “strong odor” of burnt marijuana, and that she was repeating herself and seemed excessively nervous. Based on those observations, P.H. was arrested for DUI, taken into custody, and had her blood drawn. The …

The Charges:

Driving Under the Influence

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Granted

Commonwealth v. N.T.
May 28

Commonwealth v. N.T.

Police on routine patrol spotted a parked car being occupied by three males and N.T., a female with no criminal record. The police claimed that they smelled marijuana and saw clouds of smoke emanating from the car. As a result, they removed all of the occupants and in doing so observed a firearm protruding from …

The Charges:

Illegal Possession of a Firearm (VUFA 6106 and 6108).

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. C.C.
May 14

Commonwealth v. C.C.

A large fight that erupted outside of a house party tragically left one individual in a coma after he was kicked in the head, punched, and kicked multiple times. The victim lost eight teeth, had his jaw wired shut, and still has a metal plate in his face. C.C. was one of two individuals arrested …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1),
Conspiracy (F1)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. D.G.
May 6

Commonwealth v. D.G.

Pennsylvania State Police pulled D.G. over on I-76 due to the fact that he had a “dead tag” on the car he was driving. Prior to towing the car, the troopers conducted an inventory search of the car and found a handgun that was wrapped in a barber’s apron hidden in a storage compartment behind …

The Charges:

Possession of a Firearm Prohibited (VUFA 6105), Carrying a Firearm Without a License (VUFA 6106), Carrying a Firearm on the Public Streets (VUFA 6108)

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. M.J.
April 22

Commonwealth v. M.J.

Police pulled over M.J. in a car he was driving for a defective brake light. During the traffic stop, the officer claimed that he observed a cigarette in plain view that he knew was dipped in codeine syrup. M.J. allegedly handed the cigarette over to the police and then voluntarily handed over a whole jar …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver
Possession of Narcotics

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. Charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. C.F.
April 15

Commonwealth v. C.F.

Police officers observed C.F. run a red light, and after a high speed chase C.F. crashed the car he was driving into another motorist. He then fled and was apprehended several blocks away. After his arrest he was found to be in possession of heroin and crack cocaine. Police searched the car he was driving …

The Charges:

VUFA 6105 (Illegal Firearm),
VUFA 6106,
VUFA 6108,
K&I
Fleeing Police

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all gun charges.

Commonwealth v. M.E.
April 2

Commonwealth v. M.E.

Philadelphia police investigating the sale of narcotics utilized a confidential informant on three separate occasions to purchase large amounts of heroin. Police alleged that M.E. was involved in each of the transactions, and that he was seen accepting money from co-defendants and that he was using a particular residence as a “stash house.” Police then …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver,
Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. L.B.
March 25

Commonwealth v. L.B.

Police set up a narcotics surveillance on the 3200 block of N.33rd Street. Officers claimed that L.B. left a dice game in an alley on two occasions to sell narcotics to separate buyers, and that they recovered drugs off of them. During the next two hours several other transactions were allegedly made by other dealers. …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver,
Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not Guilty of All Charges

Commonwealth v. J.S.
March 24

Commonwealth v. J.S.

A Philadelphia police Lieutenant responding to a shooting in Kensington allegedly observed J.S. removing a red hoodie and discarding a firearm before he ultimately tried to hide from police under a parked car. The gun and hoodie were recovered, and then J.S. was taken to the hospital where he was immediately identified by the shooting …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder
Aggravated Assault
VUFA (Illegal Firearms)

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress Identification Granted

Commonwealth v. A.Y.
March 12

Commonwealth v. A.Y.

A pizza delivery man in Germantown called 911 after allegedly being robbed at gunpoint while working. The victim claimed that he was given a fake 100 bill in exchange for pizza and the change on the bill. A.Y. then allegedly threatened the victim with a shotgun. Police were called immediately, and after tracing phone records, …

The Charges:

Robbery (F1),
VUFA (Illegal Firearms),
Possessing Instrument of Crime,
Theft

The Verdict:

Guilty of misdemeanor theft only.

Commonwealth v. M.P.
March 12

Commonwealth v. M.P.

After receiving a tip, police utilized a confidential informant to purchase marijuana from M.P. at his house on three separate occasions. Each time, police observed the transaction. After the third buy, police raided the residence and seized bulk marijuana, scales, money, proof of residency and a firearm that was behind a sofa. Due to M.P.’s …

The Charges:

VUFA (Illegal Firearms)
Possession with Intent to Deliver

The Verdict:

Not guilty on gun charges.

Commonwealth v. K.M.
March 5

Commonwealth v. K.M.

A police officer in an unmarked car claimed he saw K.M. double park and then hand an unknown item to another individual in a parked car. That person “fled” the area and the officer stopped K.M. for investigation after he drove away. As the officer approached the car, he allegedly saw K.M. toss a baggie …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver
Simple Possession of Narcotics

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. A.W.
February 20

Commonwealth v. A.W.

Police conducting a surveillance on 2300 Fawn Street in Philadelphia alleged that they observed A.W. and a co-defendant selling cocaine out of an abandoned lot to several unknown people. They were arrested near the lot, and police recovered a gun and numerous packets of cocaine from the lot. At trial, the officers presented an inconsistent …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver)
VUFA (illegal firearms),
Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonqwealth v. A.A.
February 13

Commonwealth v. A.A.

A.A. and his brother were arrested for shooting at two individuals while they were in their car in this Northeast Philadelphia gun offense case. The two victims reported that they knew A.A. and the brother, and police recovered a bullet projectile from the side of their car. However, at trial the defense presented evidence that …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1)
Conspiracy (F1)
VUFA

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. I.D.
February 5

Commonwealth v. I.D.

On May 14, 2013, a man was shot in both legs in an abandoned lot. He was rushed to the hospital by police after losing consciousness, and fortunately doctors were able to save his life. However, he identified I.D. and another male, M.B. as the shooters in this almost homicide trial in Philadelphia. In …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder
Aggravated Assault
Conspiracy
VUFA

The Verdict:

Not Guilty of All Charges

Commonwealth v. L.H.
January 23

Commonwealth v. L.H.

According to police, three officers were conducting a surveillance of an alleyway near Stella and Mayfield Streets in Kensington. They claimed that L.H. (a black man) conducted a drug transaction with a white man in the alley. They claim that they found one packet of cocaine on the white male which is considered a …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (F)

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. A.V.
January 23

Commonwealth v. A.V.

Narcotics officers received information about drug dealing on a specific block in West Philadelphia. Based on that information, they utilize a confidential informant to purchase cocaine on the block. Police claim they observed A.V. sell the informant cocaine on two separate occasions after first going into a house. Then, the following day, the observe A.V. …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine (F)
Simple Possession of Marijuana

The Verdict:

Not guilty of felony possession and delivery charges

Commonwealth v. D.W.
January 16

Commonwealth v. D.W.

A man claimed that he was in a parking lot in Fairmount Park at 1AM when D.W. got out of his car and displayed a gun to him. The “victim” then allegedly drove away and D.W, followed in pursuit. The “victim” then stopped the car and D.W. allegedly produced the same gun and pointed at …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1)
Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited (VUFA 6105)
Carrying a Firearm Without a License (VUFA 6106)

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed lack of evidence.

Commonwealth v. D.S.
January 15

Commonwealth v. D.S.

A man called police to report that his stolen wheels and rims were on a car being driven by D.S. The car was stopped by police and impounded. The Major Crimes Auto Squad determined that the wheels and rims were in fact stolen, as were several other parts to the vehicle. D.S. made statements to …

The Charges:

Theft (F3)
Receiving Stolen Property (F3)

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed for lack of evidence.

Commonwealth v. J.S.
December 26

Commonwealth v. J.S.

A Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer was on duty when he observed the front seat passenger in J.S.’s car throw an object out of the window. The officer stopped the car to issue a citation for littering and claimed that upon speaking with J.S. he observed that he had blood shot eyes and slurred speech. …

The Charges:

Driving Under the Influence

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress granted.
All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. J.R.
December 17

Commonwealth v. J.R.

Philadelphia police set up a narcotics surveillance on the 3300 Block of H Street. An officer claimed that he observed a Chevy Tahoe pull onto the block and that J.R. got into the vehicle for a few moments. When he exited he stuck a rack of heroin into his waistband and entered a house on …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver,
Conspiracy,
Possession of Illegal Firearms (VUFA)

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed

Commonwealth v. E.F.
December 11

Commonwealth v. E.F.

Police conducting a car stop for invalid registration stickers alleged that as they were approaching they observed E.F., the front seat passenger, make a “dipping motion” under the seat. E.F. and the driver were taken out of the car and police conducted a search. During the search they found a loaded firearm under the front …

The Charges:

Firearm Offenses
VUFA 6106
VUFA 6108

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. J.D.
November 18

Commonwealth v. J.D.

Narcotics officers on routine patrol in the East Mount Airy section of the City observed J.D. riding a bike on the sidewalk at 1 AM. Believing that to be a violation of a City ordinance, police stopped him, searched him, and found 26 packets of crack cocaine in his pocket. The defense filed a motion …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver
Possession of a Controlled Substance

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. Charges Dismissed

Commonwealth v. O.A.
November 18

Commonwealth v. O.A.

Police responded to a call for a stabbing at the Greyhound station in Center City and found a man bleeding from the stomach. O.A. was arrested on scene and police recovered a knife from her purse. At trial, the complaining witness testified that he observed O.A. getting berated in public by her girlfriend. As an …

The Charges:

Conspiracy,
Possession of a Prohibited Weapon,
Tampering with Evidence

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. M.J.
November 13

Commonwealth v. M.J.

Police set up a narcotics surveillance in Germantown and observed M.J. and two other males allegedly involved in a drug distribution operation. Police testified that a co-defendant supplied drugs M.J. from an alley and that M.J. then supplied those drugs (crack cocaine and marijuana) to individual buyers, some of whom were stopped with drugs on …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID)
Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Comonwealth v. J.K.
November 11

Commonwealth v. J.K.

J.K. was arrested for raping his 12 year old daughter over a period of several months. DHS removed all children from the house. The judge at the preliminary hearing found the child’s testimony “so disturbing” that he raised bail to 1 million dollars. After the preliminary hearing, J.K. hired LinkLaw to represent him. After securing …

The Charges:

Rape of a Child,
IDSI,
Incest,
Corruption of Minors,
False Imprisonment.

The Verdict:

All charges withdrawn on day of trial

Commonwealth v. K.T.
October 29

Commonwealth v. K.T.

Philadelphia police on routine patrol observed K.T. driving a car with a defective brake light in what they described as a “high crime area.” Police initiated a stop of his car, and according to the arresting officer he observed a blue pill in plain view that he immediately recognized as oxycodone and a drug …

The Charges:

Possession with Intent to Deliver
Possession of a Controlled Substance

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. M.M.
October 21

Commonwealth v. M.M.

Client was charged with DUI after police responding to reports of a car accident find M.M. at the scene. Police observed multiple damaged parked cars, with the car allegedly driven by M.M. at rest on someone’s front lawn. Police alleged that while asking M.M. what had happened, he told police that he lost control of …

The Charges:

Driving Under the Influence

The Verdict:

Not Guilty

Commonwealth v. J.D.
October 17

Commonwealth v. J.D. – Narcotics

JD was arrested inside of a house after police executing a search warrant seized over 25 grams of crack cocaine and packaging material. The defense filed a motion to suppress evidence and argued that the police did not articulate an adequate basis for the search in the affidavit of probable cause, and that therefore all …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. E.J.
October 1

Commonwealth v. E.J.

Police conducting a narcotics surveillance of a house in Germantown alleged that they observed multiple drug transactions out of, and near the house by E.J. and several other alleged co-conspirators. Based on their surveillance, police arrested E.J. and the other individuals and searched the house that was the target of the investigation for drug …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver Narcotics (PWID)
Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. M.S.
September 26

Commonwealth v. M.S.

The victim was walking home from Temple University late one night when three men suddenly ambushed him and robbed him at gunpoint, stealing a cell phone and cash. Police developed M.S. as a suspect and he was subsequently placed in a photo array and identified by the victim. The victim then picked M.S. out of …

The Charges:

Robbery (F1)
VUFA (Illegal Firearms)
Conspiracy (F1)

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. T.B.
September 19

Commonwealth v. T.B.

The complainant, a twenty year old, reported to police that T.B., her biological father, sexually assaulted her when she was six years old. T.B. was arrested on a variety of sex offenses and entered a plea of not guilty. At trial, the Commonwealth argued that there was no motive for the complainant to lie regarding …

The Charges:

Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI),
Unlawful Contact With a Minor,
Indecent Assault,
Endangering the Welfare of a Child,
Corrupting the Morals of a Minor,

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. K.S.
August 26

Commonwealth of PA v. K.S.

K.S. was arrested for narcotics violation and drug offenses in Philadelphia after police pull him over for allegedly failing to use a turn signal. After approaching the car, which belonged to K.S., police claim they saw small baggies containing cocaine in plain view in the center console.

At a motion to suppress evidence, …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID)

The Verdict:

Motion to Suppress granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. F.F.
August 19

Commonwealth v. F.F.

Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant at a residence in Philadelphia looking for evidence of a burglary. Although they failed to find what they were looking for, troopers found a large amount of heroin, cocaine, a gun, ammunition, scales and packaging material. F.F. was arrested for gun offenses and drug offenses.

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID)
VUFA
Conspiracy

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed

Commonwealth v. BS
August 8

Commonwealth of PA v. B.S. – High Speed Chase

Police were traveling down Broad Street when they allegedly saw B.S. in the front passenger seat of a car firing a gun at an unknown male on the corner. Police then attempted to stop the car BS was in, which resulted in a high speed chase. During the chase, BS allegedly fired multiple shots at …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder of Police, Aggravated Assault, Gun Charges (VUFA), Conspiracy.

The Verdict:

Speedy Trial Motion granted; all charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. D.M.
August 6

Commonwealth v. D.M.

Police set up a narcotics surveillance and observed DM and a co-defendant grabbing “items” out of the window of an abandoned house. The two of them were also observed in conversations and “exchanges” with other unidentified people who were not stopped by police. Eventually, the surveillance officer instructed back up officers to move in and …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID)
Conspiracy
Simple Possession

The Verdict:

Felony charges dismissed

Commonwealth v. V.B.
July 24

Commonwealth v. V.B.

V.B. was arrested after police are notified that she, along with 10 other people broke down a door to the victim’s house, threatened people inside, and stole a wallet. Police photographed damage to the victim’s door and arrested V.B. at her house several blocks away. At trial, the defense highlighted numerous inconsistencies in the testimony …

The Charges:

Burglary (F1), Conspiracy(F1), Theft (M1), Terroristic Threats (M1), Harassment (M2).

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. C.R.
July 22

Commonwealth v. C.R.

Police received a radio call for people trespassing on SEPTA railroad tracks and upon arrival allegedly observed C.R. and several other individuals loading rail spikes and metal plates from the tracks into a wheelbarrow. The individuals were all arrested for robbery and burglary and police diverted trains from the area for …

The Charges:

Risking a Catastrophe (F2) and Conspiracy (F2).

The Verdict:

Not guilty

Commonwealth v. D.R.
July 15

Commonwealth v. D.R.

Police set up a surveillance on a known drug corner in the Kensington section of the city. Less than five minutes after setting up their surveillance they noticed D.R. and another male engage in a “hand to hand transaction” that involved money for objects. Based on that transaction the police initiated a stop of DR …

The Charges:

Possession of Narcotics

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. Charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. J.N.
July 8

Commonwealth v. J.N.

J.N. was arrested for aggravated assault (F1) and related charges after it was alleged that she tried to stab the complainant with a butcher knife. The complainant claimed that J.N. was upset because she thought the complainant had slept with J.N.’s boyfriend, and that J.N. attempted to stab her numerous times. The …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault (F1)
Possession of an Instrument of Crime
Simple Assault
Recklessly Endangering Another Person

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. J.G.
June 23

Commonwealth v. J.G.

The complainant testified that after leaving the gym he observed the door handle to his car damaged and saw that his Iphone was missing. The complainant tracked his phone through a missing device app on his phone and soon began following a car down Roosevelt Boulevard to a house in North Philadelphia where he observed …

The Charges:

Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of an Instrument of Crime

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. K.S.
June 4

Commonwealth of PA v. K.S.

Client was charged with aggravated assault in Philadelphia on a police officer, resisting arrest and other related charges as the result of an incident during a traffic stop. The police claimed that while they were investigating another driver, K.S. became agitated and started honking his horn. After one of the officer’s approached …

The Charges:

Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, Recklessly Endangering Another Person

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. K.G.
May 28

Commonwealth v. K.G. – Attempted Murder Aquittal

In a case that was reported by the national news media, K.G. was arrested on two counts of attempted murder in Philadelphia and related charges after allegedly trying to kill one person, and inadvertently hitting a six month old child in the crossfire, causing massive injuries. The Commonwealth produced a total of four …

The Charges:

Attempted Murder (2 counts) , Aggravated Assault (2 counts), VUFA (gun charges)

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth of PA v. D.T.
May 15

Commonwealth of PA v. D.T.

D.T. was arrested for possession with intent to deliver narcotics after police allege they observed him selling heroin to two individuals. Police claim they saw D.T. remove items from a Newport box that was hidden in a park fence and exchange those items for money with the two males. Police testified that they arrested D.T. …

The Charges:

Possession with intent to deliver narcotics

The Verdict:

Not guilty all charges.

Commonwealth of PA v. T.R.
May 14

Commonwealth v. T.R.

Police responding to a radio call for a burglary in process observe T.R. locking the door to a house and a hot water heater and other people standing on the landing. The “owner” of the house told police, and testified, that T.R. and the co-defendant did not have permission to enter the house and take …

The Charges:

Burglary, theft, and conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not guilty on all charges

Commonwealth of PA v. H.C.
May 5

Commonwealth v. H.C.

The complainant testified that after starting a fight, H.C. shoved her face into a pot of boiling grease. The complainant suffered serious second degree burns on her face and scalp, requiring multiple skin grafts. If convicted, H.C. would have received a mandatory minimum of 10 to 20 years in jail due to this case being …

The Charges:

Aggravated assault

The Verdict:

Not guilty of aggravated assault

Commonwealth of PA v. R.S.
May 2

Commonwealth v. R.S.

The defendant was charged with gun offenses (VUFA) after police alleged they observed her in the rear seat of a car with five other occupants dropping a purse that visibly contained a .45 caliber handgun.  The purse contained the defendant’s drivers license and credit cards in her name. The defense successfully challenged the credibility …

The Charges:

Gun offenses (VUFA)

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth of PA v. W.K.
May 2

Commonwealth v. W.K.

During the execution of a search warrant, Philadelphia police recovered over 5 grams of crack cocaine, scales and packaging material in W.K.’s house. Ordinarily, the Defendant would have been facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 to 6 years in incarceration based on the weight of the drugs. However, the defense argued that a recent …

The Charges:

Mandatory minimum sentence of 3 to 6 years in incarceration based on the weight of the drugs

The Verdict:

Mandatory Sentences for Drug Offenses Declared Unconstitutional

Commonwealth of PA v. N.K.
April 24

Commonwealth of PA v. N.K

N.K was arrested for robbery for an incident that involved the taking of a cell phone. According to the victim he was able to get the license plate number of the car that the defendant supposedly fled in. Police ran the tag number and put him in a photo array. The victim circled the defendant’s …

The Charges:

Robbery, Simple Assault

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealthof PA v. T.J.
April 16

Commonwealth of PA v. T.J.

Philadelphia police began investigating T.J. after receiving information that he was involved in drug sales. Police utilized a confidential informant to purchase marijuana from him on three separate dates. On each occasion, police followed him back to his house. Based on the sales to the C.I. and his ties to the address, police executed a …

The Charges:

VUFA (gun charges); Possession With Intent to Deliver Narcotics (PWID)

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all gun charges. Client released from custody.

Commonwealth of PA v. A.E.
April 15

Commonwealth v. A.E.

Defendant was charged in Philadelphia with drug possession and intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy. Police testified that they observed defendant and another male selling narcotics in the area of 100 Somerset Street in Philadelphia. Police stopped two alleged “buyers” and allegedly recovered crack cocaine and heroin. The defense successfully challenged …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver Narcotics (PWID) and Conspiracy

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth of PA v. R.T.
April 15

Commonwealth v. R.T.

Defendant was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver narcotics and drug charges. Police alleged that they observed R.T. with a clear baggie in his hand, holding small items that he was about to give to an unidentified male. After police approached, R.T. allegedly fled and discarded a plastic baggie with …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver Narcotics (PWID) and Simple Possession of Narcotics

The Verdict:

Felony PWID charge dismissed after preliminary hearing

Commonwealth v. M.C.
April 15

Commonwealth v. M.C.

Defendant was charged with theft and receiving stolen property after police stopped him driving a car that had been reported stolen. The owner of the car was the defendant’s girlfriend, and she claimed she did not consent to allowing him to drive the car. The defense challenged her credibility and convinced a judge to dismiss …

The Charges:

Theft, Receiving Stolen Property

The Verdict:

All charges dismissed for lack of evidence.

Commonwealth v. R.B.
April 14

Commonwealth v. R.B.

Police on routine patrol receive a radio call for a man selling narcotics. Upon arrival, police claim they see R.B. (who did not match the description) throw an object into a car and walk away quickly. Police claim they recovered a gun from the car in plain view where the object would have landed. R.B. …

The Charges:

VUFA (gun charges)

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. L.B.
March 28

Commonwealth v. L.B.

Philadelphia narcotics officers set up a surveillance on a known drug corner. The officers allegedly observed L.B and two co-defendants engage in narcotics activity, and when they raided the block, recovered drugs out of L.B.’s pocket, as well as large amounts of crack cocaine and packaging materials out of several nearby houses. At the preliminary …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID), Conspiracy, and Simple Possession.

The Verdict:

PWID and Conspiracy dismissed for lack of evidence.

Commonwealth v. T.D.
March 21

Commonwealth v. T.D.

Defendant was arrested for aggravated assault, robbery, and gun charges after allegedly brandishing a firearm at a center city business and stealing cash from a safe. T.D. was facing a mandatory minimum 10-20 years in jail under Pennsylvania’s three strike law. Three employees identified T.D. …

The Charges:

Robbery, Aggravated Assault, VUFA (gun charges)

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges

Commonwealth v. D.T.
March 19

Commonwealth of PA v. D.T.

Police responded to a radio call for a person with a gun at 3300 Mutter Street. Upon their arrival at that location within minutes of the call, police observed D.T. matching the clothing description given. After police got out of the car to investigate, D.T. allegedly fled from the officers and discarded a gun. D.T. …

The Charges:

VUFA (gun charges)

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. All charges withdrawn.

Commonwealth v. A.S.
March 18

Commonwealth v. A.S.

Client was charged with F1 Burglary, which would have constituted a “first strike” under PA’s three strikes law. A.S. allegedly broke into a neighbor’s house and was caught inside by the residents of the house. A scuffle ensued, the victim was allegedly injured, and A.S. was apprehended on scene by the police. After a trial, …

The Charges:

Burglary, Simple Assault, Criminal Trespass

The Verdict:

Not guilty of Burglary and Simple Assault

Commonwealth v. F.L.
March 10

Commonwealth v. F.L.

Client charged with DUI, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief after crashing his car while allegedly intoxicated. According to police, F.L. admitted to using heroin and drinking alcohol, and blood drawn from him indicated the same. However, the defense successfully challenged the use of his statements to police and identifications of F.L. …

The Charges:

DUI, Simple Assault, Criminal Mischief

The Verdict:

Not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. S.G.
February 21

Commonwealth v. S.G.

Police responded to a radio call for gunshots and received information that a grey Jeep Cherokee was involved. Police responding to the area noticed a grey Cherokee about 1.5 miles away and pulled it over. While approaching, police allegedly observed S.G., the passenger, stuffing an item into the center console. Officers removed S.G and searched the car for …

The Charges:

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID)

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealth v. L.S.
February 10

Commonwealth v. L.S.

Client charged with gun charges in Philadelphia (VUFA) after a Police Officer testified that he was on routine patrol in his police car when he saw L.S. standing in the middle of the street. As he got closer he could smell an odor of marijuana coming from his general area. According to the Officer, …

The Charges:

VUFA (gun charges)

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress evidence granted. All charges dismissed.

Commonwealthv. S.C.
February 3

Commonwealth v. S.C.

Police officer testified that he observed the client show a gun to another individual on the street. The officer went around the block and then saw the client get into a car. When police went to stop the car they allegedly observed S.C. make a reaching motion into the back seat. After removing S.C. from …

The Charges:

VUFA (gun charges)

The Verdict:

Motion to suppress evidence granted. All charges dismissed.