December 5, 2015 |
The principal of Bartram High School has been reassigned after he allegedly pushed a student during a dispute, Philadelphia School District officials said Thursday. The incident happened Wednesday, when Abdul-Mubdi Muhammad and a student began quarreling over the young man's clothing - the boy had come to school out of uniform, and Muhammad wanted him to go home, officials said. "He got into a verbal altercation with the student, which resulted in him pushing the student, and the student pushing him back," said Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the School District.
November 22, 2015 |
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has demoted and reassigned the embattled director of its Philadelphia benefits office, in the wake of a congressional inquiry and call for a criminal investigation into how she got the job and how much the department paid to relocate her to Pennsylvania. In a statement, the VA said Diana Rubens would become assistant director of the Houston benefits office. Her new salary will be about $158,000, or $23,000 less than she made in Philadelphia, according to a congressional aide.
November 20, 2015
HARD TO BELIEVE that Porngate, the revelation that highly placed state officials - and more than one Supreme Court justice - have routinely and frequently swapped pornographic emails, is a little over a year old. Rather than dying a quiet death, it just keep getting porn-ier . . . and more outrageous. The porn swapped among state officials, including many in the Attorney General's Office, were not just naughty pictures. They include raunchy, XXX-rated, disgusting images that demean and dehumanize women and minorities.
August 28, 2015 |
As Attorney General Kathleen Kane plotted to leak secret grand jury information and instructed aides to spy on her employees' emails, prosecutors said, she used personal email accounts to conduct business. Revelations about Kane's use of personal emails led Montgomery County prosecutors to serve search warrants for her Yahoo and AOL email accounts as they built a criminal case against her. On Monday, Kane was held for trial on charges of leaking confidential information to embarrass a critic and then lying about it under oath.
August 27, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Despite charges that he illegally spied on colleagues' emails, the head of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's security detail will remain on the job, her office announced Tuesday. Patrick Reese, 48, a Kane confidant, will continue working in his $99,658-a-year position despite an internal policy that calls for the suspension of employees charged with crimes involving their official duties. Reese was charged Aug. 6 with contempt of court for secretly accessing emails in an effort to learn about a criminal investigation of his boss.
August 13, 2015 |
The driver and security detail chief for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations that he repeatedly accessed private grand jury information for her. In a hearing that lasted about five minutes, Patrick Reese, a former police chief in Lackawanna County, was arraigned on a contempt-of-court charge before Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter and ordered to return for trial next month....
August 9, 2015 |
A York County district judge was charged Friday with four counts of indecent assault, harassment, and abuse of office after allegedly groping a woman who had testified in his courtroom. According to a criminal complaint filed by the Attorney General's Office, District Judge Jeffrey Scott Joy went to the 31-year-old woman's apartment after she testified in a probation case against her boyfriend. The woman said Joy entered her room as she was dressing, groped her, and licked her chest.
August 8, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was charged Thursday with illegally leaking confidential information, then lying about it under oath and deploying aides as spies to keep a step ahead of the criminal investigation against her. While not unexpected, the criminal charges filed by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman dealt a stunning blow to a woman who swept into office in a 2012 landslide with a promise to shake up...
June 17, 2015 |
The lawyer representing the family of Brandon Tate-Brown - the 26-year-old man shot by police late last year - on Monday called for the district attorney to reopen a criminal investigation into the Frankford man's death. Brian Mildenberg said differences between initial police accounts of the incident and an internal report on the shooting made public last week warranted a second look at the case. District Attorney Seth Williams said he did not plan to reopen the investigation. "What happened was tragic, but not criminal," he said in a statement Monday afternoon.
May 16, 2015 |
Over the seven months since New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, were found mortally wounded amid a deliberately set fire in their central New Jersey home, the official opacity surrounding their deaths has been steadily stripped of every defensible rationale. Now that the conclusion of the criminal investigation is more than a month old, it's clear that the persistent secrecy serves only to cover up incompetence or worse. According to law and logic, continuing investigations are among the most compelling justifications for government discretion.