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  • DNA clears rape suspect

    Innocent man spent three weeks in jail after an 11-year-old girl identified him as the man who attacked her on a visit to a South Philadelphia Home.

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  • New Year’s Shooters get jail two shot at cops guilty

    The appearance of Police Commissioner John F. Timoney yesterday at the trial of two men charged with shooting at two cops on New Year’s morning provoked an angry exchanged between the defense and the prosecution. Defense attorney Michael Diamondstein accused Timoney of grandstanding. He also claimed the accusing cops were cowards, and lying about being shot at by the defendants.

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  • Trying to con the judge gets ex-con stiff term

    Ex-con Harold Darden had a sick defense. He claimed he had gotten involved in a police shooting on July 24, 1998, because he had not wanted to be arrested for possession of a gun, and to be unable to care for his ailing girlfriend.

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  • Teens may face adult trial in vicious attack

    Ryan Guinop, 17, was in a coma for 15 days after being severely beaten on a North Philadelphia street on Jan. 10. Yesterday, Guinop, of Port Richmond, was in a rehabilitation center trying to regain his memory and learn how to use his body again.

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  • Philadelphia Narcotics Officers Acquitted in Federal Corruption Trial

    RELEASED: May 19, 2015 PHILADELPHIA – Justice was served on May 14, when members of a Philadelphia jury acquitted six police officers of 47 federal corruption charges. Defense attorney, Michael J. Diamondstein, who served as defense counsel for former Officer John Speiser, was among the many to praise the jury’s decision and speak against those who were quick to judge and condemn his client and fellow officers. When news broke last July of the arrests and subsequent indictments of the six Philadelphia police officers, tales of alleged corruption and illegal activities followed. As details emerged about the charges and criminal activities allegedly carried out by members of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Narcotics Field Unit, it seemed as though many were taken directly from a Hollywood movie script. In the end, like the movies, the allegations against John Speiser were fiction. The Government chose to rely and build their entire case upon the words and testimony of known drug dealers and a former officer who previously pleaded guilty to corruption charges. With no real evidence, it’s hard to fathom that criminal charges were filed in the first place. Speaking about the case and his client, attorney Diamondstein remarked that the acquittal of all charges serves as “a tremendous victory not only for John Speiser but for every honest police officer in this country.” Of his client, Diamondstein further commented that “a lot of people in the City of Philadelphia owe Mr. Speiser an apology. He is looking forward to returning to his job as a police officer so he can continue to serve his fellow citizens.” Immediately after the verdict, John Speiser told anyone who would listen, “I love Michael Diamondstein. He is the best attorney in the world.” For the six police officers who stood accused of serious federal charges including conspiracy, extortion and falsifying records; the last 10 months have been a nightmare as their reputations, careers and lives were dragged through the mud and turned up-side-down. This case serves as an important reminder for all as to why it’s critical to judge a case based on its facts and not merely unfounded allegations. About Michael J. Diamondstein, P.C. Michael J. Diamondstein, P.C., is a law firm committed to protecting and defending the rights of individuals in need of legal representation. Having handled more than 20,000 cases during his legal career, principle attorney Michael J. Diamondstein has procured successful outcomes for clients facing criminal charges through negotiations and litigation. If you are facing criminal charges, the stakes are extremely high and it’s important to consult with a defense attorney who has a proven track record of success. To arrange a free consultation with Michael J. Diamondstein, call 215-940-2700 or visit www.michaeldiamondstein.com.

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  • Philadelphia man enters guilty plea in child porn case

    Anthony Vassallo, 45, of the 2400 block of Gaul Street, had been arraigned on 82 counts of possessing child pornography in 2010. Under the negotiated plea deal worked out between Assistant District Attorney Joe Lesniak and defense attorney Michael Diamondstein, Vassallo will serve 15 consecutive weekends at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Concord with the remainder to be served on electronic home monitoring.

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