Wednesday, January 22, 2020

D.A. Refuses To Disclose If 'Billy Doe' Will Show For Retrial

The star of the circus
By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Can you stage a rerun without the original star of the show?

That's what the D.A.'s office under Progressive Larry Krasner was plainly trying to do this morning during a 90-minute hearing in Courtroom 807 of the Criminal Justice Center. The only question is whether Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn Bright will let them get away with it.

The case at question is Commonwealth v. Lynn, as in Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He achieved notoriety in 2012 for becoming the only Catholic priest in the country to go to jail during the clergy sex abuse scandal, not for touching a child, but for failing to prevent a known abusive priest from endangering another child.

In the sequel, however, the D.A.'s office under Krasner is plainly angling to retry the case without its star witness, and it's not hard to figure out why. Danny Gallagher, AKA "Billy Doe," is the credibility-challenged former altar boy who improbably claimed he was repeatedly raped by two priests and a schoolteacher.

The only problem with Gallagher's story -- he made it all up. And since the former heroin dealer, addict and thief has already stolen $5 million from the Catholic Church in a civil settlement, he has no incentive to leave his current home in sunny Florida. Why would Gallagher voluntarily return to Philadelphia in chilly March to risk a perjury rap? If Gallagher shows up in Courtroom 807, he'll be cross-examined about his many conflicting and transparently ridiculous stories, and outright lies. It doesn't make any sense for Gallagher to try and pull his conman act off again when everybody is on to him.

The Burglar Who Beat 27 Burglary Raps

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

According to police, Anthony O'Connor, 30, of Jamison, PA, is a career burglar. His alleged speciality is breaking into apartment buildings in Northeast Philadelphia and stealing change by busting open coin-operated laundry machines.

The cops will tell you that O'Connor has made off with as much as $800 during his laundromat capers, while leaving behind thousands of dollars in property damage.

For a guy the cops say is a career criminal with a drug problem, O'Connor, however, also happens to be incredibly lucky, thanks to his lawyer, and his "Uncle Larry" over at the D.A.'s office.

In court appearances over the past two years, prosecutors from the D.A.'s office have asked four different judges to drop 27 burglary cases against O'Connor, and make a total of 184 charges literally disappear from court records. According to those records, the cases against O'Connor were either withdrawn or dismissed due to a lack of evidence or a lack of prosecution. And since all those burglary cases were tagged "LA," for limited access, all those arrests and all those charges were in the process of being permanently expunged from O'Connor's record.

How does an alleged career criminal with a drug habit beat the rap on 27 alleged burglaries, and get away scot-free, without even a blemish on his record? It has a lot to do with O'Connor's lawyer, as well as how business is being conducted in the city these days under Progressive Larry Krasner's ongoing crusade to "reform" the criminal justice system.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Detective 'Jake' Details D.A.'s Manipulation Of Officer-Involved Shooting


In the latest episode of "Search Warrant," the cop-hosted podcast, Detective Derrick "Jake" Jacobs of the Philadelphia Police Department explains his conflict with the Philly D.A.'s office over the detective's investigation of an officer-involved shooting.

Jacobs investigated the 2017 fatal shooting of dirt biker David Jones,  by Officer Ryan Pownall. Jones, like Jacobs, is black; Pownall is white.

Jacobs discovered that the dirt biker was armed, and that the officer involved in the shooting was not only defending himself but also witnesses that included two children, so he exonerated Officer Pownall. The D.A.'s office, however, wanted Jacobs to change his story, but Jake is a stubborn guy, as outlined in a recent Big Trial blog post.

"Something political and beyond my pay grade" is how Detective Jacobs described what the D.A.'s office, under Larry Krasner, and ADA Tracy Tripp, wanted to do with the investigation of Officer Pownall. The D.A.'s intention, according to Jacobs, was to engineer a "political hit job" against the officer. To accomplish that, the D.A.'s office had to get a key witness to change his story "to fit their narrative," Jacobs said. They also had to make some grand jury transcripts disappear, as well as manipulate a grand jury investigation "to elicit an indictment," by reaching a false conclusion.

It a story you won't read in the P.C. Inquirer, which is actively covering for a fellow progressive, Comrade Krasner. But the entire explosive podcast starring the courageous "Jake" can be heard here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Former FBI Agent's Diary Documents Illegal Leaks in Penn State Probe

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

In "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,"  former FBI Special Agent Kathleen McChesney revealed on camera how the federal investigation of the serial killer got started. A woman called and said, "I'm concerned about my boyfriend -- his name is Ted Bundy."

The girlfriend proceeded to detail Bundy's suspicious behavior that included following women around at night, hiding a knife in his car and keeping a bag of women's underwear in his apartment.

McChesney, who was on the task force that arrested Bundy, rose to become the only female FBI agent appointed to be the bureau's executive assistant director. Her credibility was such that in 2002, in the wake of the widespread sex abuse scandal involving the Catholic clergy, the U.S. Conference of Bishops hired McChesney to establish and lead its Office of Child and Youth Protection. She's also the author of a 2011 book, "Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way."

But now the decorated former FBI special agent is drawing unwanted attention for another book she wrote -- an unpublished, confidential 79-page diary written in 2011 and 2012, back when McChesney was a private investigator working for her old boss, former FBI Director Louis Freeh. At the time, Freeh was getting paid $8 million by Penn State to probe another notorious sex scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

According to Sandusky's lawyer, McChesney's diary may constitute newly discovered evidence of prosecutorial misconduct, because it documents how the Pennsylvania state Attorney General's Office was repeatedly violating state law by leaking grand jury secrets to Freeh's investigators.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The D.A.'s Firewall Breaks

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Dear Jane Roh, I've got some bad news for you and your boss.

I know that part of your job as District Attorney Larry Krasner's $118,000 a-year "communications director" is to never respond to any of my questions. That's because your main objective is to prevent any of the critical Big Trial stories about your boss from migrating to The Philadelphia Inquirer, or any other media outlet.

For months, you've been quite successful at your mission. But now that's over.

This week, three Big Trial posts that take a critical look at your boss, Progressive Larry Krasner, were published in their entirety on lawenforcementtoday.com, [LET] a national police website with 38,600 followers on Twitter and about 10,000 followers on linkedin. The result: a national audience is finally discovering how radical and reckless D.A. Krasner really is.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lawyers For Maureen Faulkner Attack D.A. Krasner's Radical Past

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

It looks like the radical past of  former defense lawyer Larry Krasner may have caught up with District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Krasner's activities as a left-wing activist  nearly 20 years ago are now at the heart of a legal battle in state Supreme Court over whether the D.A. should be disqualified from ongoing appeals of the 1982 first-degree murder conviction of celebrity cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In the latest volley, lawyers for Maureen Faulkner, the widow of Jamal's murder victim, the late Police Officer Danny Faulkner, are spotlighting Krasner's radical past as a "movement attorney" and "strategist" on behalf of R2K, a legal collective organized by the National Lawyers Guild. The left-wing outfit has long listed Jamal as an active board member. The guild also proclaims that it's dedicated to freeing Jamal and other "political prisoners" who are victims of the "prison industrial complex."

But in state Supreme Court, Faulkner's attorneys claim that the details of Krasner's radical past "demonstrate an obvious and overwhelming appearance of impropriety and conflict of interest." Krasner, Faulkner's attorneys say, has both "an ulterior agenda and a fixed bias in favor of Mumia Abu-Jamal."

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

D.A. Krasner Loves Two-Time Killers

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

When it comes to two-time killers, Larry Krasner, our radical new D.A., has a heart full of mercy.

On Saturday, I published a blog post  about how the D.A.'s office decided  to drop felony charges against John Kane, a two-time killer who, after running a stop sign, was caught by police with drugs and guns.

Kane was looking at a return trip to the slammer for violating the terms of parole from his most recent murder rap. But Kane had already been found guilty in absentia in the Traffic Division of Municipal Court, and got hit with a $25 traffic ticket for running that stop sign. That prompted our merciful D.A. to apparently decide that Kane had suffered enough with that ticket, and he didn't want to subject the two-time killer to the risk of double jeopardy. So the D.A.'s office promptly decided to drop the felony charges in Common Pleas Court against Kane, and a killer who previously shot two men to death walked out of court a free man.

On Monday, Julie Shaw of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a story about how the D.A.'s office wants to vacate two-first degree murder convictions for Derrick Ragan, an inmate on Death Row. Krasner wants Ragan to plead guilty to two counts of third-degree murder, so he can get a reduced sentence and be eligible for parole in six years.

Where Football Meets Fraud: Dick Anderson On Jerry Sandusky

Former Penn State assistant football coach Dick Anderson appeared on the new "Search Warrant" podcast to talk about his former teammate, fellow coach and longtime friend, Jerry Sandusky.

During the hour-long interview, Anderson answered questions from hosts John Snedden, a former NCIS special agent; Anna Mydlarz, a former undercover Buffalo detective; and Tom Purcell, a former Canadian Pacific police captain.

Anderson has been an inside witness to the travesty known as the Penn State sex abuse scandal. He talks about what he's seen on the podcast headlined "Football Meets Fraud" that can be heard here.
 

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