June 30, 2016 |
On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood. A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was "racist," the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment. The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy's mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.
April 29, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane made another bid Wednesday to end the looming criminal trial against her, arguing that she was unfairly targeted for a selective and vindictive prosecution. In court filings, Kane's lawyers contended that her political rivals launched the criminal investigation into her alleged grand jury leak in a bid to stop her from releasing embarrassing information about them - including their exchange of racist and pornographic emails on state computers.
April 14, 2016 |
In their first substantive attack on evidence that could feature in their client's corruption trial, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's attorneys accused prosecutors of lobbing disingenuous accusations and innuendo at members of the congressman's family. Lawyer Samuel W. Silver, in filings late Monday in U.S. District Court, said government lawyers had twisted the meaning behind recorded conversations they hope to use at trial. He specifically cited a tape that prosecutors flagged this month, saying it could expose Fattah's wife, former NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, to possible criminal liability.
April 9, 2016 |
Sheen v. Rossi: The full story Charlie Sheen 's ex-fiancée, porn star Scottine Ross or Brett Rossi , 26, has taken out an emergency order of protection against him, days after a recording surfaced in which he allegedly threatens to have her killed by a hit man. Her lawyer, David Ring , tells USA Today the police see the tape "as an important piece of evidence" in their criminal investigation of Sheen. "It's not just his typical bluster," says Ring. "I heard [the tape], and it's legitimate.
April 8, 2016 |
Somerset County's new prosecutor is reviewing the investigative files into the 2014 deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan and his wife, but said he has not decided what his office "will do or not do" regarding the case. On Wednesday, Prosecutor Michael Robertson acknowledged the media interest in the high-profile case, but he said he would not comment while the state medical examiner is considering the family's request to overturn a ruling that John Sheridan committed suicide.
March 23, 2016 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia has denied a bid by Bill Cosby to block the release of files pertaining to the sexual-assault lawsuit he settled a decade ago with Andrea Constand. In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody declined to quash a subpoena for the documents issued last year to Constand's lawyer by seven women suing the entertainer in Massachusetts. The dispute is the latest legal battle for records relating to the 2005 civil litigation and criminal investigation into Constand's claim that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Cheltenham home - the same incident in which he now faces prosecution in Montgomery County.
March 3, 2016 |
The former security chief for Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Thursday to three to six months in jail for surreptitiously reading colleagues' emails in an effort to learn about the criminal investigation of his boss. Patrick Reese, 48, a longtime confidante of Kane's, showed no reaction to his sentence. He immediately vowed to appeal his conviction and was allowed to remain free on bail. Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter, who found Reese guilty after a two-day trial in December, said Reese had damaged the reputation of the Attorney General's Office.
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.