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May 3, 1988 | By TONI LOCY, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 17, 2009 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
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.
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December 16, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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August 2, 2003 | By Connie Langland INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 20, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
A Philadelphia physician who authorities said sold to anybody with $100 a prescription for Oxycodone 80, the strongest painkiller available as a tablet at a pharmacy, was sentenced by a federal judge yesterday to 10 years in prison. Ronald Brown, 60, of West Sylvania Street near Wayne Avenue, in Germantown, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on July 6. Authorities said Brown misused his privilege as a doctor to prescribe highly addictive and often-abused drugs for nonmedical purposes from January 2008 until July 2009.
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March 7, 2001
More than a week after South Street's party hearty Mardi Gras mess, the pain is still pulsating like a monster hangover. More troublemakers are being arrested or about to be arrested. And, thanks to new details and new photographs that have been made public, Philadelphians are still confronting tough questions ranging from the practice of ribald partying in a polite society to the role of police when it comes to riot control. The legal view is clear. Whether you think it's fair or not, a woman who flashes her breasts in Philadelphia is liable to fetch a disorderly conduct ticket and a fine, as several partygoers discovered that night.
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May 6, 2015
I CAN'T SAY Pamela Geller is "happy" a couple of gunmen showed up shooting Sunday at her in-your-face Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas, but she must be pleased that it underscored her longtime warning: Islam is dangerous to democracy and to freedom of speech. She has anointed herself a free-speech (some say hate-speech) advocate and she, as the co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, recently beat SEPTA in court when the transit system tried to ban bus ads it (and others)
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January 27, 2013 | BY DERRICK MOORE, Daily News Staff Writer moored@phillynews.com, 215-854-5904
STATE representatives and community leaders said Friday that now's the time to "turn up the heat" on the kidnappers of a Bryant Elementary student. How? By increasing the reward for their capture to a whopping $75,000. "We're going to continue to try to make this one of the highest bounties in the history of Philadelphia," state Sen. Anthony Williams said at news conference at police headquarters that was also attended by Mayor Nutter and more than 10 other city leaders. "Children have to be off limit," Nutter said.
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November 22, 2012 | By Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press
Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from Sweden found. It also showed in dramatic fashion how much more prone people with ADHD are to break the law - four to seven times more likely than others. The findings suggest that Ritalin, Adderall, and other drugs that curb hyperactivity and boost attention remain important beyond the school-age years and that wider use of these medications in older patients might help curb crime.
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November 21, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 16, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 25, 2011 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
Tyler Clementi's parents want an official accounting of any criminal behavior in their son's suicide, but they say a harsh penalty for his former Rutgers University roommate isn't necessarily in order. Clementi killed himself in September 2010, days after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on Clementi's intimate encounter with another man. His death touched off a national discussion about bullying endured by young gays. For the roommate, Dharun Ravi, it has meant a criminal case.
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August 12, 2011
By Jerry Ratcliffe As riots swept across Britain and flash mobs descended on Center City, we were right to wonder what was going on. One small demonstration in London was in response to a police shooting of a young man in disputed circumstances. But the criminals rampaging through much of the United Kingdom and Philadelphia had no such convenient excuse. Mayor Nutter and others justifiably railed against various social factors. One likely suspect is socially corrosive income inequality, which influences everything from crime to mental health.
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February 15, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
A longtime music instructor suspended last week by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for "inappropriate physical behavior" has been cleared of criminal conduct by Chester County authorities. Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll said Monday that investigators determined that the action described in a complaint made against Edward Golaszewski by a Bishop Shanahan High School student did not amount to criminal behavior but instead was an accepted teaching method. Golaszewski worked part time at Bishop Shanahan in Downingtown as well as Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County.
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