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Trooper cleared by grand jury on brutality charges

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER KATHLEEN SHEA A grand jury’s decision not to recommend charges against a state trooper following a police-brutality allegation was hailed as “total vindication” Tuesday by the trooper’s attorney. State Trooper Kelly Cruz, a veteran narcotics investigator, should soon... Read More

Convicted drug kingpin Savage granted new lawyer

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER GEORGE ANASTASIA Chester County defense attorney Christian Hoey is in. Veteran Philadelphia defense lawyer Christopher Warren is out. And convicted drug kingpin Kaboni Savage has withdrawn his request to represent himself in a racketeering-murder case that could carry... Read More

Trial opens for suspect in deadly 2004 firebombing

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER JOHN P MARTIN No one was awake – not the 57-year-old grandmother, her niece or the four children – when the two men carrying red cans full of gas climbed the porch of their North 6th Street house... Read More

Acquittal in barber-shop brawl

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER KATHLEEN SHEA Two Coatesville brothers accused of inciting a barber-shop brawl nearly a year ago that left one man in need of medical treatment were found not guilty Friday by a Chester County Court jury. After deliberating for... Read More

Tredyffrin/Easttown school officials consider changes to safety policies after bullying incident

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER KATIE PECK Months after an episode of well-publicized bullying at Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School, school district administrators have proposed changes to the district’s safety policy after meeting with parents and security experts over the summer. The proposed rules, made... Read More

2 men not guilty of armed robbery

DAILY LOCAL NEWS Jonathan Jones Sometimes, he would ride together on the train with 25-year-old Christoper Rhodes, also from Philadelphia, to the Paoli train station, where they would pick up a shuttle to take them to work. Then in December... Read More

At trial, ex-Coatesville chief portrayed as both dedicated educator and thief

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Michaelle Bond The racist and sexist text messages shocked, angered, and saddened students, parents, and the rest of the Coatesville Area School District. Even worse was the realization that the superintendent and athletic director were the ones exchanging the... Read More

Judge finds weapons case proof lacking

DAILY LOCAL NEWS JENNIFER MILLER VALLEY — A judge dismissed two firearm charges Thursday against a Coatesville man arrested soon after shots were fired in the city. District Judge Grover E. Koon dismissed charges against Derick T. Johnson, 21, who... Read More

Hoey Wins Acquittal for Man Accused of Rape in Chester County

ChesCo LAW REVIEW DAVID HENSTELL Mr. Hoey successfully defends a 13 year member of the United States Army, accused of raping his then fiancee in chester county. A Chester County jury acquitted the West Chester man, following a five day... Read More

Delaware County Judge Suppresses Cocaine Found In Automobile

Following lengthy and difficult pre-trial suppression hearings, a Delaware County Judge ultimately agreed that a Delaware County Man was the subject of an unconstitutional and illegal vehicle stop which led to the recovery of cocaine. Mr. Hoey was able to... Read More