Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Roundup

A weekly tab of what’s going 
on in the courts.

By Logan Beck
For BigTrial.net


On May 15, it was not business as usual for one popular Philadelphia eatery.

James Parker, 50, of Philadelphia, was officially indicted on July 21 after violently robbing Tavern on Broad, a Center City restaurant, back in May.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Parker pistol-whipped an employee at the restaurant, and eventually forced him to open the safe. That night, Parker fled with approximately $8,000 cash.

As a result of the robbery, Parker is being charged with robbery that interferes with interstate commerce, as well as using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Roundup

A weekly tab of what’s going 
on in the courts.

By Logan Beck
For BigTrial.net


A Souderton, PA man’ fate was sealed on July 13 and will serve 15 years in prison for distributing and possessing a mass amount of child pornography.

Ian Ranberg, 50, was initially arrested in 2013 after he allegedly received images of child pornography in May, August and September of that year. In 2014, Ranberg pled guilty to distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Roundup

A weekly tab of what’s going 
on in the courts.

By Logan Beck
For BigTrial.Net


Trust can take years to build and seconds to destroy, as evidenced by a Florida investment advisor who defrauded his clients of approximately $800,000 total, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sean Donald Premock, 43, was fired from a previous employer after selling investments that were not approved. After he was let go, he began his own business venture, creating his own investment and financial planning companies...which he allegedly used to steal from his clients.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's Always About The Money



For the mob, it's always about the money.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Roundup

A weekly tab of what’s going on in the courts.

By Logan Beck
For BigTrial.net

U.S. For the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

In November of 2014, just before 10 p.m., a 22-year-old woman was violently grabbed off a Philadelphia street and forced into a car. She was then struck by her attacker with a hammer, and was told that if she continued to resist, he would kill her.

The victim was transported to Maryland in the trunk of the attacker’s car, her wrists bound together. Three days later, she was rescued by police. 

A surveillance video captured the attack as it happened, showing Barnes seize the woman shortly after she stepped off a bus.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Skinny Joey" Takes A Hit At SugarHouse



No more blackjack for Joey.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amateur Hour As Jury Convicts Pill Doctor

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

It was a fitting end to a bizarre trial that featured a novice judge and a pill-pushing doctor who insisted on representing himself as his own lawyer.

It took the jury an incredible two hours tonight to read a verdict that found the doctor who allegedly ran a pill mill that catered to outlaw bikers and strippers guilty on 123 out of 127 counts.

Why did it take two hours? Because Judge Nitza Quinones, who was confirmed in June 2013 and has had limited experience presiding over federal criminal trials, had the court clerk read every word of every count out loud, including all the relevant titles, codes and statutes, and then ask the jury foreman whether the jury had reached a unanimous verdict on each count of guilty or not guilty.

As a result, the court clerk stated a mind-numbing 121 times that Dr. William J. O'Brien 3d was accused of violating Title 21 of the United States Code, Section 841, by distributing controlled substances while operating "outside the usual course of medical practice," and prescribing controlled substances for "no legitimate medical purpose." Amateur hour continued when the court clerk polled the jury, and read the name of every juror out loud, rather that follow the usual custom and refer to jurors by numbers.

By the end of the reading of the two hour verdict, one juror was slumped over; others were dazed and staring off into space. Court observers were shaking their heads and saying they had never seen anything like it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Roundup

A weekly tab of what’s going 
on in the courts.

By Logan Beck
For BigTrial.net




A family services worker was responsible for transporting and supervising court-ordered visits between a young mother and her son, according to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.


He allegedly used this position to have sex with the young mother in March and April 2016.


Lamont King, 39, of Trenton, N.J. is being charged with official misconduct and has been suspended without pay after an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption Bureau South Unit and the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.  

 

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