July 15, 1996 |
If Richard Wise and Herbert Haak didn't kill Center City jogger Kimberly Ernest, as their attorneys contend, then why did they confess? That's the question that could ultimately decide whether Haak and Wise become free men, or will face possible lethal injection. Richard Ofshe, a sociology professor at the University of Calfornia at Berkeley, the nation's leading authority on coerced confessions, says that suspects do confess to crimes they didn't commit - although no one knows how often it happens.
March 6, 1987 |
"Lethal Weapon," an action drama starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Gary Busey. Directed by Richard Donner. Screenplay by Shane Black. Running time: 105 minutes. A Warner Brothers release. At area theaters. Last week's movie about a mad-dog white cop and his steady black partner was "Number One with a Bullet. " This week's is "Lethal Weapon. " It's an improvement, but not big enough to make you want the trend to continue. Actually, "Lethal Weapon" proceeds from an intriguing premise: a cop who's literally fearless not because he is courageous but because he is suicidal.
October 14, 1995 |
John Baird, the former Philadelphia rogue cop whose admitted wholesale civil-rights abuses and robberies in the 39th District have tarnished the entire Police Department, may be in prison sooner than he expected. Federal prosecutors yesterday moved to revoke Baird's bail after learning that Baird was cited Thursday by Wildwood Crest, N.J., police for drunken driving, refusing to take a Breathalyzer test and reckless driving. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel D. Goldstein and William B. Carr Jr. did not oppose Baird's release on bail after he pleaded guilty in March to civil- rights violations, robbery and obstruction of justice, and agreed to tell all he knew about police corruption.
April 3, 2001
Capt. James J. Brady was not arrested, he was not given a sobriety test and his crime was covered up by Lt. Joseph (later a captain) DiLacqua. Finnigan's Wake owners were not penalized in any way; the bartenders who served a drunk were not arrested or fired. What would have happened if it was an Italian- or African-American who was driving drunk? JANICE GRANDE Philadelphia Didn't Mayor Street invite a convicted drunk driver to come to Philadelphia and be the star of the July 4th celebration?
April 4, 2008 |
Confession of Pain , the latest entry from directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, who achieved international acclaim with their epic, three-volume cops'n'-gangster melodrama Infernal Affairs , is a decidedly smaller, more intimate police drama. Set in Hong Kong, Confession revisits the theme of buddy cops who land on opposite sides of the law. This time, it's a look at their personal lives. Detectives Hei (Tony Leung) and Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) begin the picture as partners and best friends who work in perfect harmony to bring down a vicious serial rapist.
November 6, 2013 |
IN THE ANNALS of Philadelphia crime, the name Nafis Pinkney rings no bells amid the high-profile murderers, mobsters, corrupt cops and politicians. But in 2009, with a high-school diploma, a steady job as a baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport and no criminal convictions, Pinkney, then 20, found himself beneath the bright light of a criminal interrogation. In a 24-hour span, he went from neighborhood witness to prime suspect, accused of murdering his friend since day-care days, Jonathan Pitts, 21, and Pitts' girlfriend, Nakeisha Finks, 20. Steadfastly maintaining his innocence, Pinkney spent the next four years in city jails awaiting trial, and for 1 1/2 of those years, it was listed as a death-penalty case.
March 24, 2011
RE THE LETTER from Officer Giulian: Well said. You couldn't have been more on point. Yes, there are bad cops, bad lawyers, bad professors, bad doctors, but the only front-page news is usually a bad cop or allegedly bad cop who is tried in the newspaper. But this professor gets the front page for his problem with a car stop by an aggressive officer just doing his job. The day the letter was published, I found a small article about a hero detective who without any thought for his own safety jumped into the murky, nasty water of the Delaware on July 7 to save the lives of people who were in trouble.
April 22, 2011 |
A version of this review appeared Oct. 22, 2010, when "The Princess of Montpensier" played at the Philadelphia Film Festival. Sixteenth-century France, the slaughter of heretics in Paris, the bloody war between Catholics and Huguenots, and a bunch of guys who can't take their eyes off a girl named Marie. In Bertrand Tavernier's striking wide-screen costume drama, The Princess of Montpensier , Melanie Thierry stars as the beautiful Marie de Mézières, daughter of a sniveling nobleman who forces her into a marriage she does not want.
November 5, 2010
ALLEN Iverson playing in Turkey? That's like Robert E. Lee leading the Brooklyn Brigade for the Union Army, the Jonas Brothers at the Apollo, Al Sharpton representing Bala, Gladwyne and Penn Valley. This, sadly, is a vivid picture of a fish out of water. He'll be without a posse in a land where they won't understand not only what he says, but certainly the way this city guy thinks. He could have avoided this by sharpening the skills that aging players need, like outside shooting and leadership.
August 5, 2016 |
As DC Entertainment seems to once again, with Suicide Squad , have taken a film with promise and an appealing trailer and created a disappointing, at best, film, we should have seen this coming. In my opinion, the problem can be encapsulated in two words: Will Smith. Smith is not horrible by any means. But his character is one of the biggest badasses in the DC Comics Universe. Smith's Deadshot, however, is an assassin with a heart of gold. He spends more time talking about being a good role model for his daughter than he does being a villain with a hair-trigger temper.