Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cops Previously Issued Two Arrest Warrants For Man Who Murdered Pregnant Woman, But D.A. Twice Declined To Prosecute

UPDATED WITH A CORRECTION

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

In the two weeks before Razique Bumpas killed a 39-year-old pregnant woman, police issued two arrest warrants for Bumpas that could have prevented the murders.

The two warrants, issued Feb. 8th, and Feb. 15th, were for making terroristic threats, after Bumpas allegedly drove up in traffic alongside a car that the mother of his girlfriend was riding in and pulled a gun on her.

But, sources say, the district attorney's office twice declined to prosecute that case, and instead kept asking for more information. The D.A. wanted the accused's phone number as well as GPS numbers that would have placed the accused at the scene of the crime. Tragically, while the D.A.'s office was demanding more information, Bumpas went out and murdered another woman, as well as her unborn child, and he also critically shot and wounded another man.

In response, John Hoyt, a veteran police captain and former detective who is the recording secretary for Philadelphia Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, said that for allegations of domestic abuse, there isn't the same threshold for evidence required to bring a case to court because of changes in the law that are designed to protect victims.

"I don't know what the D.A.'s office was thinking in requiring so much information for an arrest," Hoyt said. "We're disappointed that yet again this district attorney's office is ignoring systems and processes put in place to protect victims of crime in Philadelphia, specifically victims of domestic abuse. And yet here we are again with a preventable tragedy."

Cosmo DiNardo's Descent Into Madness

Cosmo DiNardo and his mother on prom night
By Ralph Cipriano
for Philadelphia magazine

In the middle of a murder rampage, Cosmo DiNardo had an appointment to see his psychiatrist. So on the afternoon of July 6, 2017, the 20-year-old from Bucks County dutifully climbed in the front passenger seat of his mother's SUV, and they headed south on I-95, toward West Philadelphia.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Christian Kohler specialized in evaluating and treating young people dealing with an initial onset of mental illness. He'd been seeing Cosmo since November 2016 and was treating him for bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. He'd had him committed to a mental hospital -- though Cosmo had been released -- and was medicating him with anti-psychotic drugs . . .

Even as he sat in the waiting room that day at Penn, killing time before he saw Kohler, Cosmo used his iPad to google the "Soup Maker Cartel," a Mexican drug syndicate known for making "soup" out of some 300 murder victims by dissolving their bodies in barrels of acid.

This was the frightening mind-set of the young man Kohler would see that day. But the psychiatrist seemed unaware that he was dealing with a time bomb. In his notes, Kohler wrote that his patient posed "no clear risk to self or others. So Cosmo walked out of Kohler's office and drove home with his mom . . . The rest of the story can be read here.

Monday, February 24, 2020

State Supreme Court Orders Investigation Of D.A. In Mumia Appeal

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

The state Supreme Court today granted a King's Bench petition sought by the widow of murdered Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, who was seeking to oust D.A. Larry Krasner from acting as prosecutor during an appeal for a new trial on behalf of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Krasner sparked yet another appeal in the 40-year-old murder case by claiming that he had found newly discovered evidence when he took over the D.A.'s office, in the form of six boxes of old documents. Lawyers for the convicted cop-killer then went into state Superior Court, seeking a hearing on the alleged newly discovered evidence, which turned out to be not so new, and Krasner rolled over, saying he wouldn't object to Mumia getting a new trial.

That prompted the slain officer's widow, Maureen Faulkner, to go to state Supreme Court, seeking to disqualify Krasner as prosecutor in the case based on a conflict of interest. In the King's Bench position, Maureen Faulkner's lawyer, George Bochetto, spotlighted Krasner's radical past twenty years ago 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. In granting the King's Bench petition, the state Supreme Court deferred a final ruling on the widow's request to disqualify Krasner until an investigation is completed by a court-appointed "special master," who will probe Krasner's radical past and report back to the state Supreme Court.

D.A.'s Newest Senior Adviser Is A Disbarred Lawyer

Holston [middle] with Asa Khalif of Black Lives Matter at Krasner's victory party
By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Two weeks ago, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office hired Gregory Holston to serve as a senior advisor on advocacy and policy.

Holston, a pastor in the United Methodist Church, was described by Jane Roh of the D.A.'s office in a press release as a "civil rights and faith leader who was the former executive director of POWER Philadelphia, an interfaith justice advocacy organization." In announcing the appointment, Roh wrote that Holston "will work to strengthen relationships, build trust, and improve cooperation among Philadelphia communities in partnership with civic, government, and law enforcement officials."

According to Roh, internally Holston "will advise DAO employees on ways to integrate social justice best practices and community-based policies and procedures into their work." And externally, Holston will "work to advance the mission of the DAO to make the criminal justice system more accessible and accountable, in order to build trust in law enforcement the DAO, and the court system," Roh wrote.

In her press release about the appointment of Holston, Roh mentioned his law degree from Georgetown University, but she left something out of Holston's resume, namely his disbarment as a lawyer in 1993 by the state Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. And what was Holston disbarred for? According to court records, Holston forged a judge's signature on a phony divorce decree, and when questioned about it by the judge, he lied.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Proof Positive That The Inky Is In The Tank For D.A. Krasner

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

In Common Pleas Court yesterday, an angry Judge Gwendolyn Bright spent several minutes berating a top official in the district attorney's office for allegedly making a "veiled threat" against her.

According to her remarks from the bench, the judge complained to First Assistant District Attorney Robert Listenbee, that the D.A.'s office, in a sealed motion filed with the court, had threatened her with filing yet another appeal if she didn't amend a Jan. 31st order. In that order, the judge had instructed the D.A.'s office to subpoena former altar boy Danny Gallagher, AKA "Billy Doe," and have him present in the courtroom on March 16th, when the retrial of Msgr. William J. Lynn is scheduled to take place.

Such a "veiled threat" is "inappropriate," the judge lectured Listenbee. She added that no such threats should ever be included in any motion to any judge. In response, an apologetic Listenbee was backpedaling all the way, while continuously professing his respect for the judge.

All of this happened under the nose of a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, who didn't mention it in a story posted today. Emails to the reporter and his editor seeking an explanation for this glaring omission went unanswered. In the absence of an official response, I can only say it's amazing the lengths that the Inquirer will go to protect a fellow progressive Democrat, D.A. Larry Krasner.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

D.A. Won't 'Re-Traumatize' Billy Doe By Calling Him As A Witness


D.A. Krasner: perverter of justice
By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

In a new low for the district attorney's office -- in a case that's full of them -- D.A. Larry Krasner today sent his top assistant out to  threaten a judge into allowing him to stage a show trial alleging sex abuse against the Catholic Church, without having to put an alleged victim of abuse on the witness stand.

The problem for Krasner is that the alleged victim in this case, Danny Gallagher, AKA "Billy Doe," has been repeatedly revealed to be a fraud. And if Gallagher does take the stand, defense lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn will call as their star witness, Joseph Walsh, the D.A.'s former lead detective in the case. Walsh will testify that after he caught Gallagher telling one lie after another in a pretrial prep session, the former altar boy flat-out admitted to the detective that he had made up his most outrageous allegations of abuse.

So in Common Pleas Court today, Krasner's top lieutenant, First Assistant District Attorney Robert Listenbee Jr., showed up to try and browbeat Judge Gwendolyn Bright into amending her order requiring the D.A.'s office to subpoena Gallagher for the March 16th scheduled retrial of Msgr. Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's former secretary for clergy.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New Police Commissioner Issues First Official Order About Nail Polish

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

On her first official day in office, new Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, dressed in full uniform, made the rounds yesterday, to formally meet and greet many of the troops serving under her.

It was all going according to protocol until somebody took issue with the new police commissioner's nails.

What was the problem? Well, Outlaw, 43, a West Coast native who is the first black woman to serve as the city's police commissioner, was sporting her signature black nails. This may not have been a fashion faux pax, but apparently it was a violation of official department policy. Why? Because, according to the official directives of the stodgy Philly P.D., "only clear nail polish is acceptable while in uniform."

What happened next has the whole department talking. Outlaw, apparently still steamed about the nail controversy, came in to work this morning and issued her first official order, which was to effectively do away with the clear polish directive. The new police commissioner was obviously letting everybody know there's a new sheriff in town. But the police reaction to their new commissioner's order was predictably split along gender lines.

Friday, February 7, 2020

D.A. Frees Stoned Pharmacist Caught With $30,000 Worth Of Xanax

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

At 4:04 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2017, a patrol officer responded to a call for an auto accident at the corner of Front and Dudley Streets in South Philadelphia. The officer found a tipsy driver behind the wheel of a 2008 silver Nissan that had just crashed into two parked vehicles, but the Nissan was still running, and in drive.

As the cop approached the vehicle, she smelled burnt marijuana. She also observed the driver, Anthony M. Chong, 23, of Galloway Township, N.J. stuffing numerous plastic bags filled with white, bar-shaped pills into a back pack. When the cop asked Chong to get out of the car, he responded, "Hold on, I'm eating my chips."

Chong, who refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to police, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. He told the officer he was a pharmacy student at Temple University who was currently working for CVS, both in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Apparently, Chong was taking his work home with him. When police conducted a search of the car, they recovered a total of 1,494 Xanax pills, 2 mg. each, with a street value of $29,880. When the officer asked if Chong had stolen the drugs from his employer, according to a police report, he responded with a blank stare and a smirk, and then a a slurred "No."

Monday, February 3, 2020

Louie Freeh 'Sold Penn State Down The River'; Then Vultures Attacked


By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Dr. John Nichols, a professor emeritus of communications at Penn State, is the founder of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, a national alliance created to give college faculty a voice on sports issues.

He's testified before Congress on how to reform the NCAA; he's served as chair of the university's faculty senate. He also was a member of the search committee that hired Bill O'Brien to replace Joe Paterno as Penn State football coach.

Last week, Nichols appeared on Search Warrant, the cop-hosted podcast, to air his longstanding grievances with the 2012 Freeh Report on the sex scandal at Penn State. Nichols also decried the ongoing coverup of the scandal behind the scandal by Penn State's stonewalling board of trustees.

In an episode entitled A Smoking Gun? Part 1, Nichols charged that rather than serve Penn State, the client that paid him $8 million to investigate the sex scandal, former FBI Director Louis Freeh's main motivation was to "ingratiate himself with the NCAA," so he could become their "go-to investigator" for future collegiate scandals.

"He [Freeh] sold his client Penn State down the river in anticipation of making big bucks in the form of further business from the NCAA," Nichols said. Then, after the Freeh Report issued its faulty conclusions on Penn State based on nonexistent facts, Nichols said, "the vultures . . . swooped down on this sad case to make political hay out of this case, or to make big bucks out of the case."

Friday, January 31, 2020

Danny Gallagher, Clear Your Calendar For March 16th

Oh Danny Boy! A Subpoena is Headed Your Way!
By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Danny Gallagher, it's time to make your reservations for visiting beautiful Philadelphia during the week of March 16th.

That's the date when the District Attorney of Philadelphia plans to retry Msgr. William J. Lynn on one charge of endangering the welfare of a child. The alleged victim in this case is Gallagher, AKA "Billy Doe," the lying, scheming altar boy who made up a story about being repeatedly raped by two priests and a schoolteacher. And then the former altar boy, junkie and conman sold that story to a corrupt former Philly district attorney looking for headlines at the expense of the Catholic Church.

Rufus Seth Williams, Gallagher's official enabler, is sitting in a  federal prison these days, doing five years for political corruption. But his corrupt brainchild lives on in the form of the ongoing prosecution of Msgr. Lynn, now in it's 10th year, all for a crime that never really happened because Gallagher made it all up.

To continue their tawdry record of corruption and willful misconduct in this ongoing witch hunt, the D.A.'s office, under a new corrupt D.A., Larry Krasner, was attempting to retry Lynn without having to call Gallagher as a witness, who would likely face a withering cross-examination. But today, Judge Gwendolyn Bright ordered the D.A.'s office to subpoena Gallagher, and make him "available as a witness during the duration of the trial."

Crime City: Home Invasion Near St. Monica's; DA Voci Attacked

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

How out of control is crime in Philadelphia under D.A. Larry Krasner?

On Wednesday night, some 90 minutes before some 500 citizens gathered at St. Monica's Church in South Philly to hold an anti-crime, anti-Krasner rally, police were just a couple blocks away, investigating a home invasion.

Two masked men entered an apartment at the 1700 block of Wolf Street demanding to know where the money was. They assaulted a 62-year-old man, who appeared to know they were coming, according to cops, and ransacked the place. According to a police report, the robbers pulled a gun on a 20-year-old woman who was a witness to the crime, after the victim claimed that she had the money. Then they slashed the victim in the face and head with a knife and left him bleeding in a bedroom. The victim was transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was reported to be heavily sedated in the ICU.

Meanwhile, one of the top law enforcement officials who spoke at the anti-crime, anti-Krasner rally, Anthony Voci, chief of the D.A.'s homicide unit, was himself the victim of an attempted robbery at 12:15 p.m. today in Center City, underneath the concourse of Dilworth Plaza.

A police report said that three young men approached Voci and demanded money.

"Bitch, you know you got two dollars. Give it to me."

Thursday, January 30, 2020

'We've Got To Get Rid Of Larry Krasner'

By Ralph Cipriano
BigTrial.net

It was George Bochetto, the attorney for the widow of slain police officer Danny Faulkner, who delivered the rallying cry of the night.

"We've got to get rid of Larry Krasner," Bochetto told a crowd of more than 500 people Wednesday who packed an anti-crime rally in the gymnasium at St. Monica's Church in South Philadelphia. As the chief law enforcement officer in Philadelphia, Bochetto said, Krasner is "a traitor to his cause" because he cares more about the rights of criminals, rather than the rights of the citizens he's sworn to protect. And as for the police, Bochetto said, the men and women in blue who are supposed to be Krasner's allies in law enforcement, "They're under attack by Krasner's office."

Speaker after speaker paraded to the microphone last night to describe the brazen state of lawlessness in South Philly under Krasner. Drugs are sold openly on the streets; prostitutes, pimps and burglars are free to ply their trades. Thieves wheel suitcases around the neighborhood filled with packages they steal from doorsteps. When the cops arrest criminals, "Let 'em Loose Larry" gives burglars and murderers a free pass out of jail, so they can rob and murder again. People are getting mugged left and right. Parents and grandparents fear for the safety of their children; grown men [and women] are afraid to venture outside their homes.

"I'm getting a gun," one large man told the crowd. "I'm 6-foot-5, 220, and I'm afraid to walk the streets." Another man predicted, "When we walk home tonight, probably ten of us will get mugged."

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Local Blackout Not Working; Krasner's Corruption Now A National Story


By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

The Philadelphia Inquirer sure has D.A. Larry Krasner's back.

Our so-called local "paper of record" has repeatedly turned a blind eye to Krasner's corruption and the disastrous consequences of his "reform" policies that only benefit criminals by emptying the jails.

But on a national level, Law Enforcement Today [LET], the national cop website with nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter and another 11,000 on LinkedIn, has now reprinted verbatim a half-dozen recent Big Trial stories exposing Krasner.

The most recent spate of bad publicity for Krasner began on Jan. 23rd, when LET ran a story about the career burglar who had 184 charges against him dropped "thanks to cop-hating District Attorney." Not only did Krasner drop all the charges emanating from 27 burglary cases, but all those charges were also expunged forever from the criminal's record.

On Twitter, "Stinky Feat" sounded the alarm about the mysterious disappearance of criminal records  and the "systematic dismantling of law and order" now taking place in Philadelphia under Krasner.

Another commentator, NDJ, was not as subtle, equating the D.A. to an emoji of a smiling pile of
excrement.

Monday, January 27, 2020

District Attorney's Lawlessness Sparks Citizen Revolt

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

The citizens' revolt against the lawlessness of District Attorney Larry Krasner has begun.

At 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 29th, at the gym at St. Monica's Church in South Philly, 16th and Shunk, the Girard Estate Area Residents are hosting an anti-crime rally. A host of other South Philly community groups are participating, as are the local police captain, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and state Rep. Maria Donatucci.

Residents have also invited the mayor, the D.A., the state attorney general, the U.S. Attorney, and the police commissioner. But nobody thinks the D.A. has the balls to show. Ditto for our left-wing mayor, who was busy campaigning in New Hampshire on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Liz Warren, and may have forgotten where St. Monica's is located.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

D.A. Let Movita's Son Off The Hook For Domestic Violence

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Movita Johnson-Harrell is a friend, former employee and loyal political ally of District Attorney Larry Krasner. So did the D.A.'s office do her a favor last year when they ignored an obvious conflict of interest and let her son off the hook by declining to prosecute him in a domestic violence case?

It sure looks like it.

Johnson-Harrell, 53, the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature, made headlines last month when she resigned her office during her first term. The resignation came a day after she pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception, perjury, and tampering with public records in connection with stealing $500,000 from a nonprofit she founded to allegedly help people struggling with mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness.

But instead of helping the less fortunate, prosecutors said, Johnson-Harrell spent the money on her campaign for state rep, as well as for fox fur coats, vacations to Mexico, designer clothes, and past-due payments on her Porsche. "Brazen corruption," was how State Attorney General Josh Shapiro described it to reporters. "Her theft knew no bounds," he said, adding that she was actively engaged in covering up her crimes.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

D.A. Refuses To Disclose If 'Billy Doe' Will Show For Church 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, junkie 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 to voluntarily return to Philadelphia in the middle of chilly March and risk a perjury rap.

'Uncle Larry' Helps A Career Burglar 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.

 

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