November 10, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A Common Pleas Court judge reversed 53 narcotics convictions Friday, the latest fallout from investigations of corruption in the police drug units. In a rapid-fire hearing, usually taking no more than 20 seconds for each case, Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper overturned convictions that were based on the testimony of former Officer Jeffrey Walker, who was arrested in May as part of an FBI corruption investigation. But the assembly-line treatment belied the implications of her action, with each case representing major taxpayer outlay for police work, trial costs, and other expenses.
October 29, 2013 |
When it comes to crime in the City of Brotherly Love, should public corruption or gun violence be the priority for the District Attorney's Office? As the race for that office nears in the Nov. 5 election, incumbent Seth Williams and Republican challenger Danny Alvarez have sparred over that question. During a recent debate and in interviews, Williams, who ran on a "smart on crime" campaign four years ago, told of his efforts to transform the office's ways by having more diversionary programs and focusing on prosecuting what he sees as the most important cases - those dealing with gun violence.
July 16, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - In a bitter and secret legal fight, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has succeeded in ousting the judge who has long overseen corruption investigations in Pennsylvania, The Inquirer has learned. After a conflict that had been roiling since she took office in January, Kane took the unusual step of asking the state Supreme Court to remove Judge Barry F. Feudale as the supervising grand jury judge in Harrisburg. Kane told the high court in April in sealed papers that the judge was no longer fit to run a grand jury.
July 7, 2013 |
It started with a missing backhoe and a whistle-blower. The ensuing investigation at the Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority led to seven employees' being charged, along with three others, in a sprawling corruption saga. Two of the former employees entered plea deals this week, the first two cases to be resolved in the corruption probe that led to the arrests in February 2012. Carmelo Colon, 28, of the 700 block of Dartmouth Avenue in Cinnaminson, pleaded guilty to a count of official misconduct in the second degree, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
July 4, 2013
In the wake of a damning grand jury report in March about Pennsylvania Turnpike pay-to-play corruption, a three-person advisory committee will review the turnpike's procedures and policies. Turnpike Commission chief executive Mark Compton named John L. Gedid of Mechanicsburg, a retired law professor; Maureen Lally-Green of Cranberry Township, a retired Superior Court judge, and M.G. Patel of Harrisburg, a former construction company executive and retired chief engineer at PennDot.
June 23, 2013 |
BRASILIA, Brazil - Demonstrators once again took to the streets in Brazil on Saturday, continuing a wave of protests that have shaken the nation and pushed the government to promise a crackdown on corruption and greater spending on social services. Thousands gathered in the central square of Belo Horizonte and hundreds rallied in other cities, largely to protest legislation that would limit the power of prosecutors to investigate crimes in a country where many are fed up with the high rate of robberies and killings.
June 18, 2013
Turkey may call on the military ISTANBUL, Turkey - The country's leaders are prepared to use the armed forces against protesters if they consider it necessary, the deputy prime minister said Monday, raising the threat of military intervention for the first time during the current unrest, in a country that has only recently moved away from its long history of army coups. With protesters and police continuing to skirmish in both Istanbul and the capital city of Ankara on Monday, the warning from Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was a significant rhetorical escalation in the crackdown on antigovernment demonstrations that began last month.
April 29, 2013 |
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has quietly assembled an elite team of veteran prosecutors to investigate public corruption. To staff the effort, Williams has hired prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office who brought successful cases against senior political figures in both parties, including former House Speaker John M. Perzel. Earlier this month, Williams received court approval to create a new investigative grand jury, which allows prosecutors to subpoena documents and compel testimony.
April 2, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The new chief executive of the troubled Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says he's glad a scathing grand jury report is finally out, despite its damning allegations of political corruption and influence-peddling within the agency. "We all knew it was coming, so there is limited relief that it's here," Mark P. Compton said in his office overlooking the toll road, outside Harrisburg. "Now we can deal with it. " Supplied with the 85-page report, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane earlier this month filed criminal charges against eight men, including former State Sen. Robert Mellow (D., Lackawanna)
March 22, 2013 |
Marcus Hook Mayor James D. Schiliro was arraigned Thursday on charges he allegedly had a police officer bring a 20-year-old friend to his home, where he gave the minor alcohol and fired a gun in his house while drunk. Judge David R. Griffin set bail at $50,000 unsecured for Schiliro, 38, on charges of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 years old, and official oppression. "We intend to fight these charges," said Michael Malloy, Schiliro's attorney.