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August 25, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Philadelphia man sentenced to die for the 1991 murder of a teenage girl who was killed for her earrings should be freed or granted a new trial because evidence suggesting his innocence was withheld by police and prosecutors. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - with four of 13 judges dissenting - upheld a 2013 lower-court order that James A. Dennis, 45, be released or retried in the killing of 17-year-old Chedell Ray Williams by a robber who tore off her earrings and then shot her in the neck.
NEWS
August 25, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Voorhees man, seriously injured in 2010 while trying to surf on a wave machine at a water park, can proceed with a gross-negligence lawsuit. Roy Steinberg, 52, filed a civil lawsuit against Sahara Sam's Oasis in Berlin, Camden County, saying workers failed to instruct him properly about how to surf safely on the FlowRider, and that the park did not adequately warn him about the risk of serious injury on the machine, which simulates ocean waves.
SPORTS
August 25, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Nigel Bradham has a preliminary hearing on Wednesday as a result of his July arrest on aggravated battery charges stemming from an altercation in which he allegedly hit a Miami hotel employee. The linebacker will not be there. He will have a lawyer present. "I think everything will work out," Bradham told reporters. Coach Doug Pederson said Monday he was not concerned that Bradham would need to miss any time. Bradham is expected to be the Eagles' starting strong-side linebacker this season.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Molly Brownstein, a Pennsylvania State University senior, and her family describe her roommate Rachel Lader as a classic mean girl - a "monster" and an "expert bully, with a Ph.D. in intimidation. " Lader denies this and paints Brownstein as a coddled whiner, quick to turn to her parents to solve problems she created with her own standoffish behavior. Such squabbling might normally be dismissed as a typical drama between young women navigating life on their own for the first time.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January that states including Pennsylvania must resentence those given mandatory life-without-parole terms as juveniles, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has signaled that parole will be the primary, perhaps only, means of release for the city's 300 or so juvenile lifers, the largest such population in the world. Now, a federal judge who remanded two cases, one from Philadelphia and another from Delaware County, has said such a resentencing scheme - accomplished by pairing a minimum sentence, such as 35 years, with a maximum of life - would violate the high court's ruling.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission's nearly two-year battle to cancel the city teachers' union contract and impose new work rules to save money was soundly defeated again Monday. The state Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision last January that blocked the five-member commission from forcing terms on the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Union leaders called the ruling a rebuke of a power grab, and a spokesman for the commission and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said no further legal action would be taken.
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Joe McGinniss Jr. tells intense, rapid-fire stories about an America that seems permanently down on its luck. The novelist, who grew up in Swarthmore, made his literary debut with 2008's The Delivery Man , about a trio of young Las Vegas natives who get sucked into criminality. Its searing portrait of a lost generation earned it comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero . McGinniss' sophomore effort, Carousel Court , is about the toll the foreclosure crisis takes on a young Southern California couple.
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
With the world watching four years ago, Jerry Sandusky kept silent, opting not to testify in his defense before a jury that labeled him a serial sexual predator. He is to return to the same Centre County, Pa., courtroom Friday in a bid to overturn that conviction. But this time, the former coach has vowed to take the witness stand - and force his victims, prosecutors, and defense lawyers to do the same. Sandusky's lawyer says their testimony will expose the case as a "modern-day Salem witch trial" that he says led to the conviction of an innocent man. The arguments aren't novel, and the odds of success are long.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Seven months after Pennsylvania officials settled an ACLU lawsuit over treatment delays for mentally ill people awaiting trial, the Philadelphia courts have moved a first handful of defendants from prison to medical care. Seven people in the custody of the Philadelphia prisons were ordered transferred Wednesday to one of three new mental health facilities in the city, according to Gregg Blender, a lawyer in the mental health unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Blender said all seven were nonviolent offenders recommended by the state Department of Human Services to city prosecutors as candidates for release into treatment.
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