Nelson, 23, was one of two men seen on video being arrested at a Center City Starbucks last week for sitting in the store without making a purchase - a video that went viral and sparked widespread outrage, protests alleging racism, investigations, and calls for boycotts because both men are black.
Shawn Yarbray, a Southwest Philadelphia man charged with stabbing City Councilman David Oh last May 31, was confronted with a major decision in court Monday: begin selecting a jury within minutes, or wait a month or so to give his attorney time to shore up evidence that points to another man as the councilman's attacker.
A lawyer for the man who allegedly invoked ISIS after shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett two years ago on Wednesday called Hartnett a hero and implored jurors to put aside their emotion and anger and focus less on the accused gunman than his right to a fair trial.
A West Philadelphia man accused of critically injuring Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett two years ago with a burst of gunfire he aimed into the officer's marked cruiser took aim at his two court-appointed lawyers Monday during jury selection in his trial.
Staff writer Mensah M. Dean joined the enterprise team in January 2016. Since 1997, he has worked for the Daily News, covering a number of beats including, education, welfare reform, criminal courts and City Hall. He began his career at the Washington Times, where he won a handful of regional journalism awards.