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Philadelphia judge allows prosecutors to drop charges in 2012 slaying

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PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia judge has agreed to allow prosecutors to drop charges against a man who served eight years in prison in a 2012 murder before his conviction was tossed out earlier this year.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, however, that the action by Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Natasi followed an unusually contentious hearing Friday in which the judge didn't extend an apology to 31-year-old Jahmir Harris and also didn't express clear support for the view that he was innocent.The judge instead upbraided the chief of the district attorney's conviction integrity unit, calling her theory pointing to an alternate suspect "unsubstantiated" and her filings "utterly inappropriate" and designed to "harass and influence.

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