March 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Mumia Abu-Jamal, a name that for more than three decades has stirred emotional divisions in Philadelphia and across oceans, was at the center of a stunning defeat for President Obama on Wednesday as the Senate blocked a presidential nominee who had worked on the convicted cop killer's death penalty appeal. By a 52-47 vote, Republicans and eight Democrats blocked a key procedural step in the nomination of Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer whom Obama had tapped to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
January 28, 2014
All together, jog Even in her attempt to be humorous, Sally Friedman - by lamenting the intrusion of new members at her health club - reinforced the notion among young people that today's seniors are the Greediest Generation ("January's fitful fitness," Jan. 19). She resents new members using her equipment, and looks forward to March, when many will quit. No doubt new members are younger and in need of advice and encouragement, not put-downs. Obesity-related diseases kill too many Americans, but are largely preventable if more of us would exercise and eat smarter.
January 17, 2014
HAROLD MURRAY IV, 36, is getting another shot at justice. Marcus Perez, 43, is waiting for his. Murray was convicted in a 2005 revenge-murder in which the victim and her fetus died. He was sentenced to death for each. One problem: Defendants can't receive the death penalty in Pennsylvania for the death of a fetus, something the Montgomery County prosecutor, the defense attorney and the judge apparently didn't know. Heinous crime or not, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has now ordered a new penalty hearing for death of the fetus - even as the death penalty for the mother remains intact.
January 16, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Edward Bracey had decided he was not going back to jail - and that no officer would stand in his way. Driving a stolen Buick that February night in 1991, with a 9mm pistol in his lap, the wanted felon told a cohort: "No cop's going to thump on me. " So, when Bracey crashed his vehicle at Eighth Street and Germantown Avenue while evading a traffic stop, Bracey jumped out and leaped onto the hood of rookie patrolman Daniel Boyle's...
January 15, 2014 |
Update: Districty Attorney's Office said it is considering appealing the judge's ruling but will wait to study the it before deciding. Prosecutors noted that in 1998 Edward Bracey, convicted of killing Officer Danny Boyle, presented three witnesses who testified he was not mentally retarded. --- A Philadelphia judge, citing a constitutional restriction against executing people defined as mentally retarded, has vacated the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a city police officer in 1991.
January 4, 2014 |
The Indian immigrant accused of murdering a grandmother and her infant granddaughter in King of Prussia in 2012 claimed Thursday that he was coerced into confessing during 17 hours of detention and interrogation. Testifying at a pretrial hearing in Norristown, Raghunandan Yandamuri said police pressured him to cooperate and confess. In earlier court filings, Yandamuri denied that he killed the two. "They are forcing me," he said. "They are saying, 'You did it.' " Yandamuri's comments came during nearly two hours of often rambling testimony as his lawyers asked a judge to bar his confession from trial.
December 27, 2013 |
Tracy and Mike Riley celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary eating Wawa sandwiches on the floor of their living room, surrounded by autopsy photos and grisly police reports. "I think we could be married 50 years, and that will be one of the most memorable and most enjoyable anniversary dinners we've ever had," Tracy Riley said this month at the Mount Holly law office she shares with her husband. The Rileys, who have been married for 19 years, work side by side in one of the few husband-wife law firms in the state.
November 16, 2013 |
Axel Barreto, convicted of killing three teenage members of a Juniata Park gang involved in a running dispute with his stepson, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after a Philadelphia jury deadlocked on the death penalty. "Were you able to reach a verdict?" a court deputy asked the forewoman of the Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women. "We could not, unfortunately," replied the juror, after two days of deliberating over Barreto's sentence for the Jan. 10, 2012, shooting deaths of Joshua Soto, 14; Donti Lugo, 14; and Javier Orlandi, 16. Thus ended one of two Philadelphia trials this week involving a possible death sentence.
November 14, 2013 |
A Philadelphia jury last week took less than 40 minutes to convict Omar Sharif Cash of murder in the 2008 killing of Muliek Brown. On Tuesday, the panel learned that the crime was far from his first. As the sentencing phase of Cash's trial began, prosecutors delved deep into the 31-year-old's run-ins with the law, including a narrow escape from a potential death sentence three years previously, in an effort to convince jurors that this time he deserved to die. "This is the rare circumstance where [the death penalty decision]
November 9, 2013 |
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the York County man charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's infant son, last seen alive Aug. 4 at an Upper Darby home, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Ummad Rushdi, 30, allegedly told police he shook 7-month-old Hamza Ali because the infant would not stop crying, then made a failed attempt at CPR before he buried the infant somewhere in the York area. He has not told police the precise location of the body.