May 3, 1988 |
A county grand jury has declined to recommend criminal prosecution of high- ranking city officials involved in the May 13, 1985, MOVE confrontation because it did not believe they intended to kill 11 people - including five children - and burn down an entire neighborhood. But the 20-member grand jury, in a report made public today, sharply criticized the "morally reprehensible behavior" of Mayor Goode, Fire Commissioner William C. Richmond, former Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor and former Managing Director Leo Brooks.
July 12, 2016
About 60 percent of Philadelphia's prison inmates are awaiting trial, but in trying to reduce that population, officials should be careful not to put too much emphasis on an algorithm designed to help judges determine which defendants should be granted bail. The algorithm, based on the past behavior of previous inmates with similar characteristics, supposedly can calculate the likelihood that a person will commit a crime if he is released before trial. The judge can then use that calculation in deciding whether to set bail.
August 20, 2016 |
Maybe, in principle, employers might believe in giving someone fresh out of prison a second chance by offering that person a job. But . . . How do they figure out who is actually dangerous? How do they make sense of the tangled government document that is a criminal record? How do they thread through two competing legal risks: the risk of being sued if they don't properly consider ex-offenders, versus the risk of a suit for negligent hiring if a person out of prison causes a serious problem on the job?
November 21, 2012 |
Joshua Scott Albert's Facebook posts calling for the killing of police and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams were clearly satire, his lawyer said. Granted, they were stupid satire, unfunny, and in bad taste, said defense attorney Lloyd E. Long III, but constitutionally protected free speech nonetheless. Unfortunately for Albert, satire, like beauty, seems to be in the eye of the beholder. And to Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni, Albert's Internet witticisms were worth a trial for criminal solicitation to commit murder, terroristic threats, and harassment.
November 21, 1986
It was deeply shocking to read The Inquirer's coverage of the Reagan administration's many covert illegal foreign operations (Nov. 16, "Sources: 50 covert plans OKd"). These include overthrowing governments, arming guerrillas, rigging elections and lying to the media. These are precisely the crimes that the President and his advisers accuse the other side of to justify their own policy of continual international tension and U.S. military expansion. I only wish the truth of the Iranian arms deal and this other corruption had broken two weeks earlier, in time for the election.
February 1, 2002
REGARDLESS OF WHETHER you believe that tort reform, especially with regard to medical malpractice, is necessary, what the public and the legislators need to know are the facts. The piece by Michael P. Tremoglie (OpEd Jan. 24) is an example of why I find the health-care side lacking in credibility. Mr. Tremoglie cites the study that found that medical malpractice verdicts averaged $515,000, while auto accidents averaged $25,000. Incredibly, he jumped to the conclusion that auto-insurance reform is the reason behind this.
November 13, 2007
I RESPECTFULLY disagree with columnist Jill Porter's concept that poverty or any other bleeding-heart buzzwords are the root cause - or even a contributing - factor to criminal behavior. It's simply a matter of character. If poverty and lack of jobs and opportunity are the problem, then how do you explain the criminal behavior of Andy Reid's boys, who grew up rich and privileged? Obviously, I'm a nature, not nurture, adherent. Rev. Justin Cohen Philadelphia Wrong guys on Page 1 I'm outraged and appalled that the cover of the Daily News on Nov. 2 was the knuckle-headed Reid brothers!
August 2, 2003 |
Paul Krueger, a former Pennsylvania State University professor who committed a triple murder in Texas nearly four decades ago, has lost a job offer at a university in California. National University in San Diego rescinded its offer Thursday after learning last week that the job candidate with stellar academic credentials had been convicted of the 1965 rifle slayings of three fishermen at a fishing camp on the Gulf of Mexico coast near Corpus Christi, Texas. Krueger, then 17, and another teenager were runaways at the time of the chance encounter, according to news accounts of the murders.
September 17, 2009 |
A wealthy Russian-American businessman who traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, in December 2003 and in January 2004 to have sex with three underage orphan girls was sentenced yesterday to eight years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin also ordered that Andrew Mogilyansky, 39, of Richboro, Bucks County, spend 15 years on supervised release when his prison term is completed and that he register as a sex offender. She also fined him $12,500 and ordered him to pay $15,000 to his victims.
December 15, 2011 |
Three caregivers vilified after being caught on tape allegedly harming an elderly dementia patient had their day in Delaware County Court on Thursday. The verdict: not guilty. Judge Kevin F. Kelly called the behavior of the three "wholly inappropriate and repugnant" but ruled in favor of Tyrina Griffin, 22, and Ayesha Muhammad, 19, both of Philadelphia, and Samirah Traynham, 22, of Yeadon. The three were initially charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, harassment, and neglect of a care-dependent person.