June 27, 2015 |
A Philadelphia judge has dismissed witness-intimidation charges against the relative of four North Philadelphia election workers accused of adding votes to the machine after the polls closed in the November general election. Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon said Thursday that he could see no evidence of a crime on a dark surveillance videotape prosecutors said showed Brandon Way, 31, slashing the car tires of a poll watcher who had reported the alleged fraud by Way's relatives. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said he would review the evidence and likely refile the charges in Common Pleas Court.
June 14, 2015 |
As temperatures climbed toward record-tying heights on a steamy Friday, hundreds of thousands of the region's residents were not complaining: Those would be students. The entire Philadelphia school system shut down at noon, and scores of other schools in the region also closed early on an impressively hot June day. The temperature hit 95 officially at Philadelphia International Airport - matching the record for the date and the highest reading of 2015, beating Thursday's high by three degrees.
June 13, 2015 |
There is no mystery about why the Eagles - let's get specific here, we're talking about Chip Kelly - cut Evan Mathis on Thursday. Mathis wanted a new contract. He thought he deserved one, and he made that desire public. Kelly doesn't want any players on his team thinking about anything but football, which means he doesn't want them thinking about how much money they're making and he certainly doesn't want them talking publicly about it, which means Mathis was bound to be gone sooner or later.
June 12, 2015 |
IS EVAN MATHIS black? Chip Kelly's latest thunderclap move seems to further erode the unsophisticated claim of LeSean McCoy that Chippah prefers white players and coaches. Players don't come much whiter than two-time Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis, self-described Mathlete, Wielder of Mjolnor and sit-down comedian . . . and, now, unemployed former Eagle. No, this was more about the continued dissolution of individuality at the NovaCare Complex, where only one culture matters - not black culture or white culture, but Kelly culture.
June 7, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A judge on Friday rejected a request that he dismiss bribery and other charges against State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop in the sting investigation after her lawyer argued that the case was too old and Bishop's memory too weak. Dauphin County Court Judge Scott Evans also turned down Bishop's bid to have any potential trial held in Philadelphia, saying he did not have the authority to make that decision. Evans did not rule on Bishop's contention that prosecutors in the sting operation selected their targets based on race and that as a consequence, the entire case should be thrown out. Bishop, 81, is among six current or former Democratic elected officials from Philadelphia who were charged with taking money from a lobbyist who sought political and legislative favors.
June 5, 2015 |
A JUDGE dismissed an attempted-murder charge Thursday against a man accused of running over a cop's leg in January, but held the man for trial on aggravated assault and related offenses. Municipal Judge David Shuter agreed with defense attorney Perry de Marco Sr., saying that defendant Dominique Fallins, 24, "was trying to get away from the officer, not trying to kill him. " Police Officer Joseph Kochmer, of North Philly's 22nd District, testified at Fallins' preliminary hearing that about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, he and partner Brian Hollman were in a patrol car, stopped at a light on Ridge Avenue, near 32nd Street, in Strawberry Mansion, when he saw a 2006 silver Chevy Impala traveling south on 32nd.
June 3, 2015 |
UPDATE: A new trial date of Sept. 14, 2015, was set today for Chaka Fattah Jr.'s trial on fraud charges . AN APPEALS COURT yesterday ruled in favor of the U.S. government in a fraud case against Chaka Fattah Jr., paving the way for a new trial date to be set in federal court against the son of the prominent U.S. congressman. Fattah Jr., 32, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, is not a lawyer but is representing himself. He was indicted by the feds in July, charged with defrauding several banks, the IRS and the School District of Philadelphia of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
May 23, 2015 |
Penn State cornerback Da'Quan Davis has been dismissed from the team by head coach James Franklin in the wake of the player's May 9 arrest by university police on drug and underage drinking charges. According to Centre County Court documents filed Monday, Davis, 20, of Rosedale, Md., was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use along with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. He also was cited for buying alcohol as a minor, a summary offense.
May 18, 2015 |
It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice. "The elected attorney general of this Commonwealth declined to prosecute this matter," lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. wrote in a legal brief filed this month.