July 14, 2016 |
IT'S HARD NOT to think of Breaking Bad while watching The Infiltrator . And not just because Bryan Cranston stars in both - as Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-mad-meth-king in the groundbreaking series, of course, and as Robert Mazur, an undercover G-man who burrows deeply, dirtily, into the world of drug cartels and international money-laundering in Brad Furman's true-crime pic. Cranston was iconic, a walking tornado of moral crisis,...
July 7, 2016 |
On a secluded street in South Philadelphia, an unusual duo of crime-fighters hopes to fend off night lurkers. Mural artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau have combined their talents on "The Electric Street," an illuminated neon mural on Percy Street between Reed and Wharton, down the block from the iconic cheesesteak spots Pat's and Geno's, in an alleyway hidden by the unusual curve of the block. Low-energy flexineon LEDs bend with the curve of the paint on the 30-by-15-foot wall spanning the backs of two residences.
July 2, 2016 |
For businesses and health-care institutions, the threat of cyber fraud is on the rise, unleashing fierce competition among law firms and consultants seeking to advise them. Medical records are especially ripe targets because fraudsters can milk the full value of a health-insurance policy. But, for all the high-tech and legal firepower available, some experts say the best protection may be better training of employees. As the threat rises, so have the ranks of lawyers making it a specialty.
June 13, 2016
William C. Kashatus is a historian, educator, and writer Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, affirmed the protections of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by ruling that a suspect must be clearly informed prior to any questioning that he has the right to remain silent and that anything he says can be used against him in a court of law; that he has the right to the presence of an attorney; and...
June 11, 2016 |
A 23-year-old Camden man was convicted by a jury Tuesday of two violent attacks in 2011, one in which he killed a woman during an armed robbery and the other in which he joined in a home invasion and sexual assault. Steven Alicea was convicted of felony murder and weapons offenses in the death of Lori Breiding, 38, of Camden, who was shot during an armed robbery on the 2600 block of Cramer Street in Camden in September 2011. She died Oct. 1, 2011. A codefendant, John Gonzalez, now 21, also of Camden, was convicted by a jury in January of murder and weapons offenses in Breiding's death.
May 30, 2016 |
The two Philadelphia lawyers whose investigation led to the ouster of former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr as president of Baylor University are former veteran sex-crimes prosecutors who have built a practice helping institutions respond to allegations of sexual abuse. After a 10-month probe and 65 interviews, Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez produced a damning report that said the university did not take seriously the complaints of women who had been assaulted by university football players - and even actively discouraged victims from filing complaints.
May 27, 2016 |
A former staffer and longtime confidant told a federal jury Wednesday that he helped to falsify U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's campaign finance reports and steal thousands of dollars of political donations for just one reason: "The congressman asked me," Gregory Naylor said as he testified on the eighth day of Fattah's federal corruption trial. During three hours on the stand, Naylor - a political strategist whose friendship with Fattah dated back decades - delivered the most damaging testimony so far in the government's case, directly linking Fattah to schemes to cover up and pay back an illegal $1 million campaign loan, and to use cash from the congressman's campaign coffers to repay his son's college debts.
May 24, 2016 |
It was to room 103 of the Lincoln Motel that Kevin Small brought his girlfriend on a Saturday night. It was in room 103 that they fought, and room 103 that Kevin Small left to go to Wawa, police said, where he filled a coffee cup with gasoline and purchased matches. It was back in that motel room that Small flung the gasoline on Melissa Bacon-Smith, who was smoking. There, he later told police, her face caught fire. It was room 103 that Small fled as Bacon-Smith called out his name, and in that room where responders found her dead and facedown on the floor less than an hour later.
May 22, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has proposed softening the city's stance on several so-called nuisance crimes, including, ahead of July's Democratic National Convention here, those commonly slapped on protesters. The shift, a sequel to Kenney's successful effort to decriminalize marijuana possession, would make violations that currently land on an offender's criminal record punishable by a $100 fine. His administration said the shift, introduced in legislation to City Council on Thursday, would keep 10,000 cases each year out of the criminal justice system while helping protect the city from lawsuits in the aftermath of the convention.
May 17, 2016 |
Two people were killed and four others wounded in separate, violent crimes that occurred overnight Saturday in Philadelphia, according to police. The victims included a 62-year-old man shot in the knee, a woman in her early 20s shot six times, and a 49-year-old man fatally stabbed in the chest, police said. Authorities did not identify any of the victims Sunday, and had reported no arrests in any of the six cases. The first homicide occurred just after 2 a.m. Sunday on the 3600 block of Aspen Street in the Mantua section, police said, when a 49-year-old man was found by police on the street with a stab wound in his chest.