April 3, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered the District Attorney's Office to let lawyers for the owner of the Center City building in the deadly 2013 collapse examine the cellphone and camera of a city building inspector who killed himself days after the tragedy. Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein gave the prosecutor's office 15 days to deliver the cellphone and a camera that belonged to Ronald Wagenhoffer, the Department of Licenses and Inspections inspector assigned to monitor demolition of several buildings in the 2100 block of Market Street.
March 31, 2016
By Matthew T. Mangino The purported deal between former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor and Bill Cosby has had an immediate impact on Cosby's prosecution. No, it hasn't resulted in the case being thrown out - yet - but it has resulted in the prosecution being delayed and derailed. Defense attorneys contend that the charges against Cosby violated an agreement struck in 2005 with Castor. Cosby's lawyers say Castor promised not to prosecute the comedian if he agreed to testify in a civil lawsuit filed by his accuser, Andrea Constand.
March 31, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has hired former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor to fill a newly created executive position in her office. Kane, whose law license has been suspended as she awaits trial on criminal charges, said Tuesday that she was hiring Castor as her solicitor general to help with executive functions. He will be paid an annual salary of $150,000. In a news release, Kane was vague about Castor's duties, saying only that his role would be "to strengthen and support the leadership of the executive office and further the initiatives of the attorney general on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania.
March 28, 2016 |
I recognized the setting immediately. The high ceilings, giant windows streaming natural light, marble floors, verdant plantings, and decoratively incorporated bedrock. I knew at once it was the Palacio de la Revolucion. And from what I saw of President Obama's trip on television last week, the home to brothers Fidel and Raul Castro has changed little in the 14 years since I was there as a columnist, as part of a small delegation accompanying Sen. Arlen Specter. The 2002 trip was a return visit for Specter, who met with Fidel Castro in 1999 while researching his memoir, Passion for Truth . The architect of what he called the single-bullet "conclusion" had wanted the perspective of the Cuban dictator, whom many believe played a role in the Kennedy assassination.
March 25, 2016
ISSUE | CRIMINAL JUSTICE 'Punt' was fair play The Inquirer's Chris Brennan is entitled to his opinions, but readers should know about his involvement in the events he is reporting on ("As the D.A. is learning, sometimes you have to punt the football," Feb. 29). In her effort to discredit perceived enemies, Attorney General Kathleen Kane allegedly broke the law by leaking secret grand jury materials to Brennan, then at the Daily News, to discredit the prosecutors who ran an investigation of elected officials that she abandoned.
March 17, 2016 |
Unlike the five other Democratic politicians charged in the sting corruption case, State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown has held fast to saying she was targeted by state prosecutors solely because she is black. The other Democrats eventually struck deals in which they either pleaded guilty or no contest to corruption - and were able to keep their pensions, and were spared possible prison terms. Those still in office had to resign. But in pretrial motions unsealed this week, Brown's lawyers continue to contend she was the victim of racial targeting - and add a new wrinkle.
March 16, 2016
Amid deteriorating relations with his fellow Democrats, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has hired Republicans to manage his reconstituted fund-raising operation, the Inquirer reported Monday. Williams, whose past political spending has drawn federal scrutiny, explained that his new team of onetime rivals is "working to professionalize" his campaign finances so he can "focus . . . on doing the important work in the District Attorney's Office. " The heartening implication is that Williams' campaign finances are separate from his law enforcement.
March 12, 2016 |
A father and son have been charged with killing a man who was their brother and uncle in a scheme to fraudulently collect life insurance, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday. Edward R. Kirby, 59, and Edward A. Kirby, 34, delivered methadone pills to George Kirby, who was ill and housebound at his Frankford home, Williams said. Kirby later died of methadone intoxication. The father and son, of Modena Park, were arrested Wednesday and remain in custody. "This is a case you almost couldn't make up," Williams said at a news conference.
March 9, 2016 |
While her eight children were growing up, Wanda Davila would sit in the front window of the family home in North Philadelphia's Fairhill section and watch her rambunctious boys and girls skip up and down the block. When it was hot, they might dance through the water from overflowing hydrants while music sang out from a boom box. After more than two decades, Davila, 63, still sits in her low chair staring out the window, but she cannot shake the image of her oldest son lying dead on the curb.
February 27, 2016 |
Delaware County District Attorney John J. Whelan called it "shocking" and a "betrayal of trust. " Defense lawyer Andrew Edelberg called it one of the biggest thefts ever by a county employee. On Thursday, Mary E. Lynch, 49, a longtime employee of the District Attorney's Office, was sentenced to three to six years in state prison after admitting she embezzled more than $700,000 in drug-forfeiture money. Over a decade, when Lynch served as the office's financial administrator, the Ridley Township woman siphoned funds she was supposed to deposit in county accounts.