June 19, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIANS overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana - but not for recreational purposes. We still believe in the death penalty - but also support Gov. Wolf's death-penalty moratorium and prefer that convicted murderers receive life in prison instead. And most of us still don't know who Senate candidate Joe Sestak is, despite his 422-mile walking tour, a new book and a relentless publicity machine. That's according to a new Daily News /Franklin & Marshall College Poll released today.
June 12, 2015 |
The two brothers charged with killing Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III during a March 5 robbery were formally arraigned Wednesday in Common Pleas Court. The arraignment, a formality for which neither defendant was present, was an acknowledgment of the charges and the official passing of discovery, or evidence, from prosecution to defense. The case against brothers Carlton Hipps, 29, and Ramone Williams, 25, now moves to what will likely be months of pretrial conferences and motions hearings before Judge Benjamin Lerner.
May 22, 2015 |
With more than 200 Philadelphia police officers packing the courtroom behind them, the two brothers charged with killing Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III during a March 5 robbery waived their preliminary hearing Wednesday. The decision by Carlton Hipps, 29, and Ramone Williams, 25, to let their cases proceed directly to trial aborted a hearing that had been expected to last most of the day. Nevertheless, Assistant District Attorneys Brian Zarallo and Brendan O'Malley spent about 15 minutes outlining for Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni the evidence they would have presented.
May 10, 2015 |
Held without bail and facing the death penalty, Eric Frein has suddenly found himself in an unexpected spotlight: at the center of a political campaign. In the mountainous Pennsylvania county where he allegedly ambushed two state troopers, killing one, and sparked a 48-day manhunt last year, Frein is now a prop in an unusually heated Republican primary race for district attorney. The winner will oversee his prosecution. One candidate in Pike County is a well-connected family-law attorney with no experience as a prosecutor.
April 10, 2015 |
THE PHILLIES were playing in Cincinnati on a Monday night. Ben Revere made a highlight-reel catch, with the words "Pray for Boston" freshly etched on his glove. The Red Sox had just wrapped up their annual Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park before heading out for a short, three-game trip to Cleveland. A week before the 2-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, a federal jury declared that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was guilty of all 30 counts he was charged with in the horrific event that left three spectators dead and wounded more than 200 people.
April 10, 2015
WOULD YOU step on a cockroach in the kitchen? Would you step on a cockroach who built a bomb in a kitchen and used it to injure 260 Americans and kill three, one an 8-year-old boy who was cut in half? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is a cockroach. That's how I will refer to him from here on. A jury found the cockroach guilty on all 30 counts, thanks mostly to security cameras in public places that recorded his every move, along with his brother, another cockroach, two years ago. The seven-woman, five-man jury has the weekend off and next week is expected to embark on the punishment phase, meaning they can impose the death penalty.
March 27, 2015 |
Law enforcement officials have evidence that both Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams fired fatal shots in the murder of Officer Robert Wilson III, prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that they were weighing whether to seek the death penalty in the case. A preliminary hearing for the two men, scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed at the prosecution's request because the investigation is continuing. Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley said a daylong hearing is scheduled for May 20. Video from inside the GameStop store where Wilson was killed, plus testimony from a dozen witnesses, will be presented, he said.
March 27, 2015 |
PROSECUTORS yesterday said they will present "overwhelming" evidence against accused cop killers Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams - including proof that the two brothers fired fatal shots into Police Officer Robert Wilson III. "The fact that both individuals fired shots that killed Officer Wilson - that absolutely will be proven at the preliminary hearing," Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley told reporters after the defendants' hearing was...
March 26, 2015 |
DERRICK WHITE, the only defendant sentenced to death by a Philadelphia jury in 2012, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday. White, 24, was expected to face a new penalty-phase hearing this week, but a judge ruled that because of a "technical defect in a legal filing," prosecutors could not seek the death penalty against White, White's new defense attorney, Gary Server, said yesterday. White was 20 years old on May 6, 2010, when he fatally shot Abdul Taylor, 33, because White allegedly wanted to prevent him from testifying as a prosecution witness in another murder case.
March 21, 2015 |
Since Gov. Wolf declared his moratorium on the death penalty last month, proponents of capital punishment have rallied around one case to push their cause - the scuttled execution of Terrance Williams, a Philadelphia man sentenced to die in 1986 for the beating death of a Germantown church volunteer. But on Thursday, the widow of Williams' victim had a message for critics of the governor's action: Leave me out of it. In a publicly circulated letter, Mamie Norwood, whose husband, Amos, was killed by Williams in 1984, accused State Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery)