July 18, 2014 |
A Pennsylvania congressman has called for a criminal investigation into claims of mail shredding and data manipulation at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office. In a letter to officials from the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Bucks County, called the alleged offenses "unconscionable and deserving of further investigation. " The concerns at the Philadelphia VA office in Germantown, which oversees benefits for 825,000 veterans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey and also houses one of the nation's three VA pension management centers, came to light Monday.
June 26, 2014 |
It is unclear whether Pennsylvania will ever recover from the sordid and tragic Jerry Sandusky case - or whether officials are capable of keeping politics and personal animus from further infecting the entire mess. Certainly Attorney General Kathleen Kane's recent actions prove we're still in the thick of it. This is a wound that shows no sign of healing. The latest chapter of the controversy concerns how long it took state prosecutors to arrest the former Penn State assistant football coach for sexually assaulting children.
June 18, 2014 |
Friends and relatives recalled Craig Berner - a Moorestown patrolman fatally struck by a truck while off duty - as one of the good guys, who would help even a turtle in need. Berner, a member of the township police department for 26 years, died nearly a year ago on his way to a store when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck. Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at Memorial Field on South Church Street for a candlelight vigil to honor Berner and garner support to reopen a criminal investigation into Berner's death.
May 14, 2014 |
A Philadelphia narcotics officer who lied on a search warrant in a drug investigation and concealed a business relationship with an informant has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday. Jeffrey Cujdik will be fired, and three officers will be suspended and transferred from the narcotics squad, he said. Cujdik and three of his colleagues have been on desk duty for five years, since a 2009 series in the Philadelphia Daily News reported that they had fabricated evidence, given gifts to informants, and robbed bodegas of cash and merchandise.
May 10, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The question has hung over the federal ticket-fixing case against six former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges from the start. How, if at all, did an independent investigation into the court's culture of favoritism, commissioned by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, influence federal investigators in building their criminal case? Defense lawyers for some of the former judges contend that their clients felt forced to give incriminating interviews to William G. Chadwick, the investigator hired at Castille's request.
April 26, 2014 |
After years of investigation, federal and local prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against four Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of lying about evidence on search warrants and stealing from corner stores during raids, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told The Inquirer on Thursday. One of the officers was also accused of sexually assaulting three women. Sources familiar with the investigation said authorities cited weak witnesses and a lack of evidence as factors in their decision not to bring charges.
April 7, 2014 |
COATESVILLE The Coatesville Area School District's board denied Friday night that its suspension of its assistant superintendent was an attempt to intimidate a man who has been cooperating in a criminal investigation of district finances. A day after Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan issued a highly critical statement accusing the board of trying to intimidate a witness and hinder his office's work, the board called Hogan's statement "blistering and inaccurate. " The district said it was trying to be transparent when it said last week that it was placing its assistant superintendent, Angelo Romaniello, on administrative leave because of information it had uncovered, without giving details.
March 20, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane may be "a prosecutor, not a politician," as her campaign slogan claimed, but she is learning anew that it can be hard to separate politics from law enforcement. Kane's decision to drop a criminal investigation that captured at least five Philadelphia Democratic officials taking money or gifts not only raised legal questions, but also questions about her possible political motivations. At the least, some political strategists and analysts said Tuesday, the move could lead to the perception that Kane went easy on fellow Democrats to help herself.
February 8, 2014 |
One month after the release of e-mails suggesting the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge was orchestrated by aides to Gov. Christie as part of a political vendetta, the broad outlines of investigations by the New Jersey Legislature and the U.S. Attorney's Office have emerged. But what happens if potential witnesses, as some have indicated, refuse to cooperate? Witnesses who cite the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination could substantially slow the legislative probe and complicate the criminal investigation underway by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
January 20, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of widespread cheating among teachers and principals in Philadelphia schools, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry. State prosecutors acted after receiving information from the state Inspector General's Office, which launched its own investigation in 2011. Bruce Beemer, chief of the Criminal Prosecution Section of the Attorney General's Office, declined to comment Friday.