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1835 - 1902
1835 - 1902
Aug. 29, 2012
Culminating a trial marked by witness intimidation, fiery defense motions, and federal witnesses, a jury returned a verdict of guilty on attempted murder, assault, robbery, and possession of an illegal firearm on Tuesday, Aug. 28th against Kevin “Scarface Kev” Wilson.
In July of 2008 Terrance Savage left a bar and climbed into the cab of his Chevy Tahoe. A man snuck up on him, drew a handgun and identified himself as “Scarface Kev”. He then fired his weapon into Terrance’s stomach, and robbed his victim of $20,000 in jewelry and $1000 in cash.
Because Terrance refused to cooperate with Philadelphia police, the case would not move forward significantly until 2010 when the Federal government arrested him for selling PCP. At which point he decided to offer evidence on this and other crimes. The only other witness in the case, another Federal witness and now cell mate of Terrance due to their common status as snitches.
While this other witness was in the courtroom, accompanied by a Sheriff, he claims to have seen the defendant run his finger across his throat and mouth the words, “You’re dead.” The Sheriff acknowledged only seeing his hand move by his neck. The jury was not in the room at the time.
Defense Attorney Dolfman offered no evidence or witnesses, simply attempting to impeach the Commonwealth’s case. In an impassioned closing he reviewed for the jury the lack of evidence, other than the witness testimony of PCP dealers making deals with the Feds. He painted a picture of uninterested police officers who did not bother to follow evidence or leads when they were fresh. He suggested it was ridiculous to believe a shooter would give his name, or a defendant would threaten someone in court. Concluding with an argument that reasonable doubt was unavoidable in this case.
ADA Fertel began her closing with an indictment of Mike Wilson as a person, based on his behavior in the courtroom and outside. At one point she stood directly in front of him and declared, “You think you sit here untouchable, you are not.” Suggesting the reason for leaving his name and making threats was brazen disregard for the law and society. She then walked the jury through the chain of evidence and testimony, putting together a picture of bad people behaving badly and the jury’s duty to finally impose justice.
Perhaps the most interesting legal aspect of this case was a normally simple 600g motion. This defense motion is focused on the concept and law surrounding a constitutionally required speedy trial. Judge Hill had delayed, several times, hearing and ruling on this motion, much to the chagrin of Def. Atty. Dolfman. When finally hearing the motion, prior to closing arguments, the Judge firmly reminded Dolfman that it was his prerogative to set the motion hearing.
Further inflamed by the ADA offering documents only discoverd 2 hours earlier, Dolfman pressed hard that the court should be not permit the inclusion. After much debate and shaking of papers, Judge Hill decided to again delay ruling until after the verdict.