June 21, 2012 |
A Hatboro-Horsham High School cross-country coach is charged with corrupting a minor after allegedly plying a 17-year-old girl with alcohol multiple times, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. William Ryan Lichtner, 24, of Ambler, also faces a charge of supplying liquor to a minor while he was the girl's coach. The girl, a senior, told a guidance counselor on May 24 that Lichtner had supplied her with alcohol, according to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
June 7, 2012 |
A century after the journalist Lincoln Steffens attached the embarrassing epithet "corrupt and contented" to the City of Brotherly Love, we have not only failed to clean up our act; we seem to have successfully exported our crooked style of governance to the rest of the commonwealth. The recent sentencing of former State Sen. Jane Orie to 2½ to 10 years in prison is another sad addition to the record of one of the most criminally prosecuted legislatures in America. The fact that our government is sending more of its members to prison than most Mafia families should not be blithely disregarded as trivial.
June 5, 2012 |
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning today sentenced former state Sen. Jane Orie to a prison term of between 2 1/2 and 10 years on corruption charges. She was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing hearing today in Downtown Pittsburgh. Orie, a Republican, made no statements. She had tears in her eyes as she was led away. Manning called her actions a "flagrant and disgraceful violation" of the lawyers' oath. Orie, 50, was found guilty in March of five felonies and nine misdemeanors.
June 4, 2012 |
CAIRO - Former President Hosni Mubarak got a life sentence Saturday for failing to stop the killing of protesters during Egypt's uprising. But he and his sons were cleared of corruption charges, setting off protests for greater accountability for 30 years of abuses under the old regime. By nightfall, as many as 10,000 people were back in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising, to vent anger over the acquittals. Similar protests went on in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and Suez on the Red Sea. "Justice was not served," said Ramadan Ahmed, whose son was killed on Jan. 28, the bloodiest day of last year's uprising.
June 1, 2012 |
After almost nine days of deliberations, jurors in the corruption trial of John Edwards reached a not guilty verdict on just one of the six felony counts. On the other five charges the judge declared a mistrial. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles had urged jurors to continue deliberating on the remaining counts against the former U.S. Senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate until the deadlock was apparent. Edwards, 58, was indicted by a federal grand jury last June on six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy political donors - the late lawyer Fred Baron and heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon - to help him hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.
May 25, 2012 |
Nine city workers who were supposed to be cleaning up neighborhoods instead ransacked homes in Northeast Philadelphia between 2006 and 2008, stealing cash, guns, family heirlooms, furniture and TVs while on the job. Last year they pleaded guilty to the crime. A grand-jury report said the former workers, who were assigned to the Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP), "used their jobs as a license to steal the entire contents of houses" and were "abetted by a total lack of oversight.
May 18, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Attorneys hammered at the credibility of John Edwards and his once-trusted aide as arguments in his campaign corruption trial ended Thursday, leaving jurors to decide whether the presidential candidate's sex scandal cover-up amounted to a crime or a litany of lies. Jurors begin deliberations Friday on six counts of campaign finance fraud that could send Edwards to prison for up to 30 years. They will weigh whether to believe Edwards' arguments that he didn't knowingly break the law when he sought to cover up an affair with his pregnant mistress, or his aide, Andrew Young, who said Edwards recruited him to use secret donations from wealthy donor to hide the affair.
May 17, 2012 |
If Cinnaminson had a navy, the admirals would boast about winning medals even as crew members got tossed in the brig. Amid a corruption probe that led to the arrests of a supervisor and assistant supervisor of the township Sewerage Authority, five other employees and three private citizens, the authority's board of commissioners received and eagerly announced a "Wave Achievement Award" from the statewide Association of Environmental Authorities....
April 15, 2012 |
If this is the future waiting for me, I don't want it. " Spoken by a young girl, those words close Niños Incómodos (Bothersome Children), a video released last week in Mexico to shock, objection, and controversy. It's a viral sensation with more than 2.7 million views. It has drugs, corruption, violence - and all the actors are children. In the opening, a little boy playing a businessman shuts off his alarm and (in a scene one congressman called "unacceptable") takes a drag on his morning cigarette.