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    Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer, David Nenner Discusses Recent Police Corruption in the News

    Philadelphia Judge Throws Out Murder Conviction

    In November, a Philadelphia judge threw out a murder conviction and sentence of a 34 year old man who has been in prison since 2008.  The judge ruled that the arresting homicide detective fabricated evidence and provided prejudicial trial testimony.*

    The homicide detective is James Pitts, who has been accused for years of coercing statements from witnesses and suspects in numerous lawsuits, court filings and internal affairs reports.  According to news reports, the city had settled a lawsuit brought by a Philadelphia man who was acquitted of a double murder in 2013.  The man alleged in the lawsuit that Pitts and his partner coerced him to confess to committing the murders.  At trial, the defendant testified that he signed a false confession statement after a 24 hour interrogation session by Pitts and his partner.  During the interrogation, the defendant also alleged that the detectives assaulted him.

    Prior Police Corruption in Philadelphia

    Corruption and scandal surrounding the Philadelphia Police Department is nothing new.  In previous articles, we have discussed corruption in the Philadelphia Police Department, specifically police officers committing perjury and filing false reports.

    For instance, in 2015, a veteran Philadelphia Police Officer, Christopher Hulmes, was charged with false swearing, perjury and other crimes.  In addition other police officers lied on affidavits in order to obtain search warrants.

    More: Police Corruption in Philadelphia – The Extent of the Problem (Recent Cases in 2015)

    False Confessions

    People may wonder why defendants give false confessions.  False confessions are actually fairly common, especially in major felony cases like murder cases.  Interrogations can last for hours and hours.  Officers may use heavy handed tactics to wear down the individual.  The only way out of the room is if the individual confesses.

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    Help from an Experienced Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer After an Arrest

    If you or a loved one was arrested and charged with a crime, call David Nenner, an experienced criminal lawyer.  Mr. Nenner strives to provide the best defense for his clients as he believes that defendants are innocent until proven guilty.  Mr. Nenner, unlike other criminal lawyers, offers FREE initial consultations. 215.564.0644

    Mr. Nenner, Esq. In the News

    Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer Recently Spoke to Reporters About a Murder Case – On November 29, 2017, Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer and firm partner David Nenner spoke with reporters after a preliminary hearing in a recent highly publicized murder case.

    *Source: (Philly judge tosses murder conviction, says detective fabricated evidence)

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    Not guilty on 1st Degree MURDER CHARGE (dec. 2022, Pottsville, Pa)

    Mr. Nenner's client faced first degree murder, third degree murder and various other charges. The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Whitted stabbed and killed a driver after an incident at a red light in West Brunswick Township. Throughout the trial, Mr. Nenner argued...

    MURDER, Att. Murder CHARGES – Negotiated Significantly Lower prison sentence (Feb. 2022, PHILA)

    Mr. Anderson faced murder and attempted murder charges after an incident in Northeast Philadelphia involving the shooting death of Anderson’s sister’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s roommate who was shot 5 times and survived. The decedent had previously beaten the...


    The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Shelton shot and seriously injured a male in a bar in North Philadelphia called Circles. There was video of the shooting which happened outside the bar. However, Mr. Nenner presented witnesses who testified that the person in the bar...


    Mr. Nenner's client was charged with multiple crimes (murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, robbery, etc.) after a shooting death occurred at a gambling house in North Philadelphia. At trial, Mr. Nenner successfully presented a self-defense argument and convinced...


    Mr. Nenner’s client was charged with murder and gun charges in Philadelphia. The client was accused of shooting and killing another male on Arch Street near the 5600 block of Ithan Street in Philadelphia. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating...

    Drug Charges in Philadelphia PA State Court – Possession of a Controlled Substance

    In most criminal drug cases in Philadelphia, there are two common charges or offenses: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. In addition to these drug charges, there are other drug related charges, such...

    Drug Charges in Philadelphia PA State Court – What is “Possession”

    Page last reviewed and updated: October 20, 2019 One of the most common types of criminal state (PA) cases in Philadelphia is possession of drugs. Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (PWID) often...

    Pennsylvania Second Degree Murder (AKA: Felony Murder) Law

    Philadelphia criminal lawyer David S. Nenner discusses the current status of second degree murder law in Pennsylvania. This is also known as the felony murder rule. Get info about PA court decisions and the agency theory. Not every case of death during the commission of a felony will result in a second degree murder conviction in PA.

    Philadelphia Murder Cases – Police Investigation Tactics

    Questioning Police Officer Tactics in Philadelphia Murder Cases Within the last 10 years, there have been several murder Philadelphia criminal cases in which the accused individuals were acquitted of the crimes. In these cases, the individuals spent months, if not...

    Murder Charges in Pennsylvania – Murder Law in Pennsylvania

    An explanation of Pennsylvania murder laws including Section 2502. What is murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree and murder in the third degree. Get a summary of the definitions under Pennsylvania criminal law.