Wednesday, January 20, 2021

At Two Bail Hearings, Two ADAs Laid Down And Future Killer Walked

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Two days before Christmas, in Courtroom 903 of the Criminal Justice Center, the Honorable Teresa Carr Deni was on the bench, overseeing a bail hearing for Josephus Davis.

Representing Davis, a two-time convicted robber, was criminal defense lawyer James Lloyd. Representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was Assistant District Attorney Martin McLemore.

On this day, Davis was facing 11 charges for a new crime, an alleged armed carjacking. The new charges against Davis included: robbery with intent to inflict serious bodily injury, robbery of a motor vehicle, kidnapping for ransom, conspiracy, false imprisonment, firearms not to be carried without a license, carrying firearms in public, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of crime, and unauthorized use of motor vehicles. 

Bail had been set at $100,000, but Davis's lawyer was arguing for a reduction.

"His bail is extraordinarily high," Lloyd told the judge. "His mother resides in the city . . . He can reside with her. I have good contact with his mother."

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Krasner Strikes Again! Accused Dog Walker's Killer Was Twice-Convicted Robber Arrested Again For Carjacking & Assault

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Two weeks before he allegedly murdered a dog walker in Brewerytown, Josephus Davis, 20, a two-time convicted robber, was sitting in jail. 

Why? Because he'd been arrested two more times, for an alleged carjacking, as well as for an aggravated assault allegedly committed while Davis was still in jail. 

But on Dec. 29, 2020, Davis caught a couple of breaks. His bail in the carjacking case was reduced from $100,000 to $20,000, so Davis only had to post 10%, or $2,000, to get out of jail.

And his bail in the aggravated assault case was also reduced, from $200,000 to $12,000. So on Dec. 29, 2020, Davis only had to post a 10% deposit of $1,200 to get out of jail. 

On Jan. 13th, just 15 days after he gained his freedom, Davis allegedly committed another robbery, only this one turned deadly. At 7 p.m., Milan Loncar was walking his dog Roo  at 31st and Jefferson Streets, a block from his home in Brewerytown, when Davis and another suspect allegedly held him up.

The incident was caught on camera in a blurry black and white surveillance video. Davis, according to police sources, was the robber in the video who stood in front of a taller Loncar; the other suspect stood behind Loncar as they went through the victim's pockets.

Davis allegedly held a gun to Loncar's midsection. In the video, Loncar made a sudden move with his hand, apparently trying to push the gun away from him. Davis reacted by backing up and raising his gun to Loncar's chest, and then a muzzle flash was seen. The suspects fled on foot.

Friday, January 15, 2021

D.A. Krasner Loses A Big One; Inspector Bologna Beats The Rap

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net 

District Attorney Larry Krasner loves to indict cops, even when there's no evidence to back it up.

Today, Krasner's reckless and irresponsible behavior blew up in his face. Former Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna walked out of court a free man after a judge threw out all the charges Krasner filed against him for lack of evidence.

At a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court, the dismissed charges against Bologna included reckless endangerment, possession of an instrument of crime, and felony aggravated assault.

Bologna was accused of striking a protester, Evan Gorski, in the head with his metal baton, his department-issued instrument of crime, which, according to the D.A., inflicted wounds on Gorski that required 10 staples and 10 sutures.

But when it comes to indicting cops, D.A. Krasner sees only want he wants to see. In video of the June 1st incident, which was broken down frame by frame in the courtroom, no such blow from Bologna's baton was seen striking Gorski's head. Neither was any blood visible, nor any gaping head wound. 

Instead, a frame-by-frame breakdown of the video showed that the trajectory of Bologna's baton was nowhere near Gorski's head. The video showed that when Bologna's baton struck Gorski, the point of impact was on Gorski's backpack, which covered his left shoulder blade, which, under department regulations, was an acceptable use of force.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Philly P.D.'s Double Standard On Cops Attending Protests

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

A white female Philadelphia detective attended last week's pro-Trump rally in Washington D.C. that turned violent, resulting in the storming of the Capitol Building, and the deaths of five people.

The detective, who was outed by the media, had her gun taken away, and was reassigned. 

And although she hasn't been accused of engaging in any violent behavior, she's now the subject of an internal police investigation after she went on social media and called Vice President Mike Pence a "traitor and a cabal operative and a pedophile."

Sounds offensive? Now here's an interesting comparison. Last summer, a black male lieutenant showed up as a demonstrator alongside Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw at one of the George Floyd protests, which featured three days of rioting, looting, and arson fires, with people torching police cars, defacing public monuments and blowing up ATMs all over town. 

Nobody ever accused the lieutenant of participating in any mayhem. But that same lieutenant went on social media to post an image of President Trump wearing a KKK hood, and then he called Trump a "mother fucker."

In contrast to what happened to the white female detective at the Trump rally, however, the black male lieutenant was never called out by the media, or reassigned by his department, and nobody ever took away his gun.

Anyone see a double standard there? The Philly P.D. doesn't.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

D.A. Won't Divulge How Much Was Paid To Accused Serial Rapist

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

For nine weeks in September 2018, District Attorney Larry Krasner hired former Boston prosecutor Adam Foss to train Krasner's young prosecutors on how to reform the criminal justice system here in Philadelphia.

Foss, who gained rock star status after a TED talk that garnered nearly three million views, is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the district attorney's office in Boston where he used to work, after several women publicly accused Foss of being a serial predator and rapist who was knowingly spreading STDs.

In Boston, the investigation of Foss is being handled by the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, a private law firm, and the Boston police, after a scandal erupted that was big news in the Boston Globe, boston.com, and the local NPR affiliate in Boston. But back in Philadelphia, Big Trial is the only media outlet to pursue the local angle in the Adam Foss sex scandal.

In Philadelphia, however, District Attorney Krasner has refused to say how much Foss, who commanded up to $20,000 for a single live speaking engagement, was paid to train Krasner's staff. Krasner has also refused to say whether Foss victimized any of Krasner's impressionable young prosecutors.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Philly's Official 2020 Body Count: 499 Murders

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

How many people were murdered in Philadelphia during 2020?

In the last few days, that number appeared to be a moving target. On Friday, New Year's Day, the official tally for last year's murders that was posted on the police department's crime stats website was 498.

This morning at 9 a.m., the 2020 body count on that same website was briefly raised to 502. But just two hours later, it was lowered to 499.

The city's explanation for today's downgrade from 502 murders last year to 499 murders: it was a statistical error made by a web designer, an explanation that left some cops shaking their heads, and muttering about a possible official coverup. 

The official 2020 body count of 499,  however, still represents a whopping 40% increase over 2019, when there were only 356 murders. The official 2020 body count of 499 murders also left the city just one body short of the all-time record set 30 years ago, in 1990, at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, when the city had a total of 500 murders. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Carlos Vega, Candidate For D.A.: Larry Krasner's 'Social Experiment' Funded By Rich Elites Is Killing Black And Brown People

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Carlos Vega, who's running for the Democratic nomination for D.A., says that Larry Krasner is conducting a "social experiment" funded by rich elites, an experiment that's killing black and brown people every day on the bloody streets of Philadelphia.  
 
In an interview on the latest cop-hosted Search Warrant podcast, Vega talked about billionaire George Soros and the tech giants from California who are bankrolling Krasner's reelection campaign.

"There are millionaires and billionaires that are backing him for this social experiment," said Vega, who spent 35 years as a prosecutor in the district attorney's office, 30 of those years as a homicide prosecutor. 

"This social experiment is failing at the cost of the lives of black and brown people," Vega said. He cited statistics that show that 87% of the city's nearly 500 murder victims in 2020 were black, and another 10-12% were Latino.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Is The Philly P.D. Trying To Cover Up Hitting 500 Murders?

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

On New Year's Eve in the city's West Oak Lane section, two males wearing black hoodies fired ten shots at a 15-year-old boy, hitting him multiple times in the head.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

On the air later that day, 6ABC broadcast the boy's death as the city's 499th murder of the year, the highest total in 30 years. 

But an official spokesperson for the city's Police Department didn't agree, and neither did the cops' official crime statistics posted online. On the Police Department's official "Crime Mapper" website, the year's murder rate for 2020 remained frozen at the grand total of 498 murders as of 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31st.

Meanwhile, the city's police commissioner refused to talk about the body count. As cops around the city were buzzing about a possible official coverup.

Why wasn't the Police Department including the 15 year-old boy's murder in its official body count? Well, the mystery began shortly after news about the 1 p.m. murder was first sent across police computers. Under the headline about a "PGUN (PERSON WITH A GUN)," after details about the crime were listed, the bottom of the computer screen contained this note: "PER CAR2 DO NOT PRONOUNCE THAT SHOOTING VICTIM."