Criminal Law

Mr. Binns has defended the following criminal cases:

Commonwealth v. Artiste, 219 Pa. Super. 703, 280 A.2d 386 (1971) (murder);Commonwealth v. Glover, 446 Pa. 492, 286 A.2d 349 (1972) (murder); Commonwealth v. Terry, 457 Pa. 185, 321 A.2d 654 (1974) (murder); Commonwealth v. Riley, 462 Pa.190, 340 A.2d 427 (1975)(murder); Commonwealth v. Presley, 270 Pa. Super.360, 411 A.2d 760 (1979) (murder); Commonwealth v. Murphy, 493 Pa. 35, 425 A.2d 352 (Pa. Jan 30, 1981) (No. 476) (murder); Commonwealth v. Gee, 467 Pa. 123, 354 A.2d 875 (1976), 81 Dick. L. Rev. 192 (1976)(murder); Commonwealth v. Loar, 264 Pa. Super. 398, 399 A.2d 1110 (1979).

 United States v. Shamshud-Din Ali (Case No. 04-CR-611) (RICO);  United States v. Cerchio et al. (Case No. 99-CR-1196) (RICO); United States v. Gurian et al. (Case No. 99-215-CR-T-23A) (securities fraud); New Jersey v. Olkus et al. (Case No. 95-03-0018) (tax fraud); U.S. v. Robert Mitchell, CR-S-01-301-PMP (LRL) (D. Nv. 2001) (sports bribery);  United States v. Lederer, 692 F.2d 823 (2d Cir. 1982), cert. denied, 461 U.S. 961 (1983) (bribery, extortion), Mr. Binns defended United States Congressman Raymond F. Lederer in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s "ABSCAM" prosecutions. He also represented the Congressman before the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in the United States House of Representatives. See H.R. Rep., No. 110, 97th Cong., 1st Sess. (1981).U.S. v. Joseph Wesley, (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 77-182)(EPA Violations); U.S. v. Francis Desmond (Income Tax Evasion); U.S. v. Frederick Boone (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 77-74) (Conspiracy to Transport Counterfeit Securities); U.S. v. Partow, 738 F.2d 426 (3d Cir. (Pa.), Jun 13, 1984) (insurance fraud); U.S. v. Blank, (E.D. Pa. 1995) (No. 95-635) (perjury)

Commonwealth v. Ennis, NC (0403-5288, 2004)(Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, Aggravated Assault);  U.S. v. Marvin Crump (E.D. Pa. Crim. No. 76-134) (Distribution of Narcotics); U.S. v. Larry J. Gray (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 70-620)(Bank Robbery); U.S. v. Robert Jewitt Fouche (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 71-293)(Bank Robbery, Conspiracy); U.S. v. Michael Francis McClatchy (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 71-469)(Bank Robbery); U.S. v. Garfield Harris (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 72-74)(Bank Robbery, aiding and abetting); U.S. v. Bruce Michaels a/k/a Franklin Butler (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 72-85) (Bank Robbery); U.S. v. Charles Fitzgerald (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 76-372) (Bank Robbery); U.S. v. James Ruffus Stidham (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 72-9) (Violation of Selective Service Act); U.S. v. Richard Kelvin Lawrence (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 70-432) (Violation of Selective Service Act); U.S. v. Jerome Clark (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 72-178) (Theft and Possession from Interstate Shipment, Conspiracy and Aiding and Abetting); U.S. v. Michael Joseph Berry (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 74-636) (Importing and Smuggling Narcotics); U.S. v. Gary Louderback 571 F.2d 573 (3d Cir. (Pa.)(Feb 22, 1978)) (Narcotics Trafficking); U.S. v. Merritt (Narcotics Trafficking); U.S. v. Garrison, 633 F.2d 209 (3d Cir. (N.J.) Sep 19, 1980) (Crim. No. 80-1339) (narcotics trafficking); U.S. v. Mortorano et al.; U.S. v. Boyce, et al. (narcotics manufacture); Commonwealth v. Curry (rape);  Commonwealth v. Hunter (robbery); George Achuff v. U.S.A., (E.D. Pa. 1976) (C.A. 76-3032) (habeas corpus); U.S. v. Black, (high jacking); Commonwealth v. Rodriguez, 256 Pa. Super. 582, 389 A.2d 201 (1978) (aggravated assault); Commonwealth v. Hipple (aggravated assault); Commonwealth v. McCall (drunken driving);  and U.S. v. Robert Kinlaw, (E.D. Pa.) (Crim. No. 78-130) (illegal gambling).

During the 1980 school strike, Mr. Binns successfully defended union members charged with strike related crimes: Commonwealth. v. Ridgway, 2147 Pa. Super. (1983); Commonwealth v. Melvin Driban, C.C.P. Phila., No. 81-09-1775 (Simple Assault 2701); Commonwealth v. Claire Toy, C.C.P. Phila., No. 81-10-1835 (Simple Assault 2701); Commonwealth v. Harvey Firestone, M.C. No. 81-07-0511) (D.C. No. 8118070511) (Criminal Mischief, Summary Level Offense); Commonwealth v. John Ridgeway, (M.C. No. 81-10-1007) (Simple Assault 2701, Conspiracy 903, Reckless Endangering Another Person 2705); Commonwealth. v. Martin Nayowith, M.C. No. 81-10-1008 (Simple Assault 2701, Conspiracy 903, Reckless Endangering Another Person 2705); Commonwealth v. Harvey Rosman, M.C. No. 81-10-1005 (Simple Assault 2701, Conspiracy 903, Reckless Endangering Another Person 2705); Commonwealth v. Michael Sylvester; Commonwealth v. Nicholas Perry, M.C. Nos. 82-03-0574 and 82-03-0575 (Criminal Mischief 3304)(Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709); Commonwealth v. Alvah “Jim” Smith, C.C.P. Phila., Nos. 81-11-1710 to 1713) (Simple Assault 2701, Aggravated Assault 2702, Reckless Endangering Another Person 2705, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 5503); Commonwealth v. Susie Johnson, M.C. No. 81-09-1913 (Simple Assault 2701, Aggravated Assault 2702, Reckless Engangering Another Person 2705, Disorderly Conduct 5503); Commonwealth v. Jay Yosevitch, C.C.P. Phila., No. 82-02-9054 (February Term 1982, No.9054) (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709); Commonwealth v. George Watkins, C.C.P. Phila., No. 82-03-4181 (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709); Commonwealth v. John Schultz, C.C.P. Phila., No. 82-02-9278 (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709); Commonwealth v. Richard Spina, C.C.P. Phila., No. 82-06-9048 (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709, Conspiracy 903); Commonwealth v. Gary Forman, C.C.P. Phila., No. 82-06-9047 (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709, Conspiracy 903); Commonwealth v. Lynda Rubin, M.C. No. 82-019170 (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709); Commonwealth v. Thaddeus Walczak, M.C. No. 82-02-2850 (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709); Commonwealth v. Lorenzo Dowell, M.C. No. 81-09-1913 (Simple Assault 2701, Disorderly Conduct 5503); Commonwealth v. Joseph Pizzo, M.C. No. 82-05-0053 (Simple Assault 2701, Harassment 2709).  Each of the above trials resulted in verdicts of “not guilty”. Additional strike related criminal cases which resulted in “not guilty” verdicts for union members include: Commw. v. Wayne English; Commw. v. Lawrence Brown; Commw. v. Richard Schulang; Commw. v. Carol Adams; Commw. v. Alfred Niczyporwicz; Commw v. Agnes Nichols; Commw. v. Sylvester Dillard; Commw. v. Richard Junod; Commw. v. Ruth Anderson; Commw. v. Marc Miller; Commw. v. Arthur Jaffe; Commw. v. Gary Forman; Commw. v. Richard Spina; Commw. v. Zachary Rubin; Commw. v. Eric Weiner; Commw. v. Susan Cabasini; Commw. v. Elliot Florin; Commw. v. John Ridgeway; Commw. v. John Schultz; Commw v. Bruce Shanker; Commw. v. Shirley Malone; Commw. v. Jerry Brownstein; Commw. v. Mary Clancy; Commw. v. Edward Johnson; Commw. v. John Walsh; Commw. v. Daniel Longstretch; Commw. v. Alfred Spinner; Commw. v. Carl Beck; Commw. v. Julia Wimberly; Commw. v. Sidney Yoblick; Commw. v. Stephen Kilroy; Commw. v. Florence Campbell; Commw. v. Norman Bernstein; Commw. v. Frederick Grace; Commw. v. Norman Haeberle; Commw. v. Harold Moss; Commw. v. Martha Nedelman; Commw. v. Nicholas Perry; Commw. v. Theodore Mangos; Commw. v. Ferrie Crawford and Commw. v. James Moore.

In Commonwealth v. Curry, C.C.P. Phila., Misc. No. 77-9-10391, Mr. Binns established that a Common Pleas Court had authority to expunge part of a criminal defendant’s record where all of the charges against him arose out of a single incident and the defendant was only convicted of one of the charges.

Commonwealth v. Daniel Maguire, (Recklessly Endangerment), Docket No. CR-0003098-2006; Commonwealth v. Shawn Henwood; docket No. CR-0000087-06 (Assault and Battery).