August 22, 2016
John-Michael Seibler is a legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies Nathan Howe is a member of Heritage's Young Leaders Program What do burping, perfume, and throwing Skittles all have in common? They have all gotten kids arrested at school. Classroom antics that once would end in a trip to the principal's office, detention, or, at worst, a suspension now end in a ride in a police car and an arrest record. The consequences can be grossly disproportionate to the conduct.
May 22, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has proposed softening the city's stance on several so-called nuisance crimes, including, ahead of July's Democratic National Convention here, those commonly slapped on protesters. The shift, a sequel to Kenney's successful effort to decriminalize marijuana possession, would make violations that currently land on an offender's criminal record punishable by a $100 fine. His administration said the shift, introduced in legislation to City Council on Thursday, would keep 10,000 cases each year out of the criminal justice system while helping protect the city from lawsuits in the aftermath of the convention.
March 26, 2016 |
Telling a crowd of supporters that the civil rights of African Americans are more important than her arrest, social worker Nicol Newman announced Thursday that she wants a trial on her summary offense charge of disorderly conduct. Newman, 48, and her attorney, Michael Coard, had a brief appearance before city Trial Commissioner Marsha Floyd, where Newman rejected pleading guilty or going into a first-offender diversion program in connection with the March 9 incident at her home. Floyd set April 19 for a trial before a Municipal Court judge.
March 12, 2016 |
Police are expected to have a beefed up presence in Center City Thursday afternoon after six teens were arrested following a melee involving about 100 youths. The disturbance occurred after school Wednesday in the area of 15th and Market Streets on an afternoon when the temperature hit 80 and people were out in numbers enjoying the good weather. "Weather has brought large number of students to Center City. While many are enjoying day, some are out of control," SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J Nestel III tweeted.
March 11, 2016 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a 70-year-old man who allegedly shot and injured a 19-year-old Church's Chicken employee at the Tioga restaurant on Sunday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ronald Graham, who also goes by Roland, police said. Graham allegedly became enraged Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old employee of Church's Chicken, at 3650 N. Broad Street, began cleaning tables near where Graham was eating. Graham argued with the employee and a manager, then left the building for a few seconds, Capt.
August 24, 2015 |
FOR THE SECOND TIME this year, a motorist has filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Police Officer Allen Marsh Jr., claiming that the officer assaulted him on a city street. In his suit, which was filed yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Michael Marcantonio, a truck driver from Tabernacle, N.J., claims that his big rig was stopped behind several police cars at 13th and Spruce streets in Center City on Oct. 14, 2014. Once the officers on scene took a man into custody for unknown reasons, they did not move their patrol cars and continued to block the roadway for about 20 minutes, according to Marcantonio's lawyer, Brian Zeiger.
July 20, 2015 |
A MAN WHO voiced displeasure outside a Criminal Justice Center courtroom in April - after which cops confronted him and a female public defender came to his aid - pleaded guilty yesterday to a summary offense of disorderly conduct. Under a negotiated plea deal between the prosecution and the defense, Anthony C. Jones, 23, was then sentenced by Municipal Judge Charles Hayden to "no further penalty. " Jones' case made news because the public defender who came to his aid, Paula Sen, reportedly was punched in the head by a cop who was trying to tackle Jones.
June 12, 2015 |
THE 10 PEOPLE arrested at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting in March protesting the death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Mayfair were acquitted yesterday, eliciting shouts of joy inside the Criminal Justice Center. They had shown up at the meeting, where District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were present, to protest the District Attorney's Office's decision to not file charges against two cops involved in the fatal shooting of Tate-Brown, 26, in December. Municipal Judge Joyce Eubanks, after viewing a nine-minute video of the loud and noisy protest, and after hearing testimony from prosecution witnesses - primarily police Civil Affairs Unit Lt. Joseph O'Brien and community activist Greg Bucceroni - acquitted all 10. The 10 included Mallori Lofton-Malachi, 27, a professional soccer player; her sister, Megan Malachi, 34; and their sister, Morgan Malachi, 32. They also included Asa Khalif, a/k/a Earl Pittman, 44, who is a cousin of Tate-Brown's; and Scott Williams, 26, a University of Pennsylvania student.
June 11, 2015
I IMAGINE the parents/families that scream and cause a scene when their kid's name is called during the graduation ceremony are just as rude and ignorant in other areas of their life, too. I assume they are the very ones who yell out at movies like they are watching in their living rooms; that talk in church while the ceremony is being conducted; that talk loudly on their cellphones in public. Could it be part of this "entitlement" generation? No one else's kid's name is on the same level as their kid's; no one's more important than their kid; nothing is more important than what they want to do . . . which is scream, cause a scene, most likely embarrass their kids.
May 24, 2015 |
EIGHT PEOPLE were arrested Thursday after a vigil honoring female victims of police brutality erupted into a scuffle with Philadelphia Police, authorities said yesterday. The vigil was "part of a wider call to action, a call to remember," said Taylor Johnson, an organizer with the Philly Coalition for Racial, Economic And Legal Justice, an activist group known for its participation in several "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations. Johnson said yesterday that demonstrators at the Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue vigil were moving south toward Oxford Street when they saw the arrest of a homeless man who boarded a SEPTA bus without paying the fare.