MODERN DAY LYNCHING
One of most corrupt, shocking and heartbreaking cases I have covered over the last 15 years is the case of Akeem Washington. Several Lancaster City Police Officers and the DA’s Office conspired and lied to put an innocent man in jail for years. It was a modern day lynching.
I am going to work on sending a submission to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and will post here when I do (click here for their website). I encourage everyone else to contact them regarding this absolute travesty of justice.
** When Tony Torrellas was shot dead in the home of the mother of his son, DA Craig Stedman ruled his death was justified and he did not name the killer. And LNP didn’t blink or question it or hold Stedman accountable. Stedman is protecting this man. His name needs to be released.
In 2013, Stedman named the shooter (click here):
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman ruled that Ismar Martin of 426 N. Queen St., was justified when he shot David Montes during an altercation at Martin’s home on Feb. 13.
So why hasn’t he named Torrellas’ shooter? In the below recent Fox-43 article, the shooter is named.
COPYING THE DA
IS NOT REPORTING!
UPDATE 11-22-19 – Philadelphia Defense Attorney Perry de Marco, Sr. responded to my email yesterday and confirmed he represents Rahmir Hopkins and was present at his preliminary hearing on Wednesday (see below).
And yet, there is not a word about him or any actions he took in the DA Office’s press release and therefore, LNP which simply re-wrote it, doesn’t mention his defense attorney either. This is terrible “reporting.”
Please check back later today.
— Making some phone calls this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.
*** DA Spokesman Brett Hambright tweeted the below shortly after tweeting his press release on yesterday’s preliminary hearing. Hmmm. I think a video of the shooting would be better. Why wasn’t that captured?
** The District Attorney’s Office never mentions the defense or the defense attorneys in their releases. According to his docket, Hopkins has private Philadelphia Attorney Perry de Marco, Sr. (see below and click here for his website). I will call and try to confirm he is representing Hopkins and that he was present yesterday.
Hopkin’s preliminary hearing was originally rescheduled so he could hire a private attorney and not use assigned Public Defender Edwin George Pfursich IV.
* From the DA’s press release this morning (click here):
A Lancaster teenager will face homicide and related charges in County Court after a preliminary hearing Wednesday revealed video footage of him at the scene and an incriminating eyewitness statement.
Rahmir Hopkins was 14 when he shot 24-year-old Luis Perez on Oct. 9 in the 600 block of South Lime Street, according to charges filed by Lancaster city police.
Perez was shot in the back as he tried to get up as two of Hopkins’ companions kicked him, according to testimony at the hour-long hearing.
“(Hopkins) pulled a handgun and shot the victim in the back,” First Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson said in a brief argument following testimony.
At the conclusion of the hearing, District Judge Jodie Richardson ordered Hopkins face the charges in Lancaster County Court.
FADA Anderson called three detectives to outline evidence in the case.
Hopkins, now 15, wore a blue jumpsuit for the hearing. He watched closely as a detective narrated about eight minutes of surveillance footage captured at the scene.
Video cameras positioned at two corner stores did not record the shooting, but they did record Hopkins and his two male companions engage in a confrontation with Perez. Perez can be seen falling into the street, where he was pronounced dead.
Hopkins is seen in the footage in a corner store purchasing a bottle of red juice, which he then carries outside. He is seen in later footage, at the location of the shooting, with the bottle of red juice.
Lancaster city police Detective Eric McCrady said he instantly recognized Hopkins as the male in the gray hooded sweatshirt with the juice because he had questioned him recently about a separate homicide case.
Detective Robert Whiteford testified of an eyewitness who watched the altercation and shooting from his front porch.
The witness identified for police who he saw fire a gun: a male in a gray hooded sweatshirt in surveillance video still photos.
Hopkins is presumed innocent. He is also charged with two felonies regarding illegal possession of a firearm. He is at Lancaster County Prison without bail.
I DON’T CARE WHAT VINCE EATS!
From a Letter to the Editor titled, “Not happy with smaller paper,” (click here).
There have been a number of letters recently complaining about the reductions in the LNP print/digital edition.
And online this morning there is this:
There is not one thing that I want to read or watch in all of that. Where is the news?
Please check back later today.