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October 27, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
After weeks under the radar, the race to become the next Montgomery County District Attorney suddenly has been overtaken by two names: Bill Cosby and Kathleen Kane. Neither the comedian nor the state attorney general are candidates, but each could become high-profile prosecutions for the winner of next month's election. And both candidates know it. Last week, Democrat Kevin Steele and Republican Bruce L. Castor Jr. attracted national attention with TV ads in which they criticized each other for the handling of claims that Cosby sexually assaulted a woman in Cheltenham a decade ago - allegations still viable under the statute of limitations.
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October 24, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wounded officer was propped against the wall, bleeding from an arm, a leg, and his chest. Two "active shooters" still were hidden inside one of the small classrooms. The SWAT unit's mission was clear. "Your job is to save the officer," Haverford Township Police Officer Harvey J. Pike instructed. "Clear the building and get the bad guys. " About 100 SWAT officers from five Delaware County teams were responding Thursday at a site in Sharon Hill. But they were going after prizes rather than bad guys.
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October 24, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days after being accused in a campaign ad of wasting a chance to prosecute Bill Cosby a decade ago, Bruce L. Castor Jr. turned the tables on his opponent in the Montgomery County district attorney's race. In his own ad, Castor, a Republican, accused Democrat Kevin Steele of failing to prosecute Cosby this year as new information became available. With signs that Cosby could still face sexual assault charges in Montgomery County, the use of the actor-comedian in campaign ads has put him at the center of a political battle and placed a local campaign in the national spotlight.
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October 16, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
PENNSYLVANIA Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin broke his silence yesterday and apologized for his involvement in a convoluted email scandal that continues to smolder around the state. Eakin is facing renewed scrutiny after the Daily News last week reported on inappropriate emails he had sent or received using a Yahoo email address he created under the name "John Smith. " The emails - some containing nudity and racist or sexist jokes and videos - wound up on state servers because the sender or one of the recipients was an employee of the state Attorney General's Office and used their government email address.
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October 4, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors in Los Angeles acknowledged Friday that they have begun reviewing sexual-abuse allegations against Bill Cosby, raising the possibility that the comedian could face criminal charges in more than one state. Los Angeles police presented a case to prosecutors Wednesday involving a 24-year-old woman who claims Cosby assaulted her in 2008. The Los Angeles review comes as the clock ticks on a decade-old case in Montgomery County. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has neither confirmed nor denied that she is revisiting allegations from a former Temple University employee that Cosby, 78, drugged and molested her in Montgomery County in 2004.
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September 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three Bucks County residents charged with last year's attack on a gay couple walking in Center City have until Oct. 15 to decide whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial. The prosecution offers - details were not disclosed - were confirmed Thursday by Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry after a status hearing before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo. Barry said that if the three do not accept the plea deals at the next status hearing Oct. 15, the cases will be scheduled for trial.
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September 19, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
The attorney for the Temple University employee who first accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault a decade ago - and whose case could still be prosecuted - lashed out Thursday against the former Montgomery County district attorney for saying there have been inconsistencies in the woman's allegations since he declined to charge the comedian in 2005. In an open letter to Bruce L. Castor Jr., lawyer Dolores Troiani lambasted Castor's handling of the claims of her client, Andrea Constand, and criticized his more recent statement to reporters about Cosby.
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September 3, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two whistle-blowers who made public the racist and sexist text messages that caused two school administrators to resign in 2013 filed a lawsuit in federal court last week, saying Coatesville Area School District employees retaliated against them. According to the suit, filed last Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the employees say district officials unfairly targeted them for increased scrutiny at work, limited their duties, threatened to fire them, and denied one of them an annual raise.
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August 22, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is under investigation by a federal grand jury that has subpoenaed his political campaign's financial records to determine if he misspent funds on personal expenses, according to sources familiar with the probe. "There is a grand jury investigation underway," a source said. "That is an established fact. " Subpoenas were served as recently as two weeks ago to Friends of Seth Williams, his political action committee, said the source, who described the investigation as a joint effort of the FBI and IRS, with a grand jury impaneled at least two months ago. Another source said Friends of Seth Williams had complied with the subpoenas and turned over financial records.
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August 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MAN WHO PROVIDED $500 to be given to a witness so the witness would not testify in a court hearing was sentenced yesterday to time served to 23 months in jail. Charles Alexander, 37, who had already served about seven months in jail, was immediately paroled by Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott. The judge said she found no evidence that Alexander had any idea the witness was later going to be shot by another man. "I am convinced you did not know there was going to be any violence," she told Alexander.
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