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January 1, 2016
December 2001 : Andrea Constand begins work as director of operations for the Temple University women's basketball team. In that role, she meets renowned alumnus Bill Cosby, who becomes her mentor and friend. January 2004 : Constand visits Cosby's mansion in Cheltenham Township. There, prosecutors say, Cosby drugs Constand and sexually assaults her while she is unconscious. Constand later moves back to her native Canada. January 2005 : Constand reports the alleged incident to Cheltenham police.
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December 28, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Bruce L. Castor Jr. thrived on locking up criminals, once winning five first-degree murder convictions in a year. He spoke his mind. He fought with fellow Montgomery County commissioners who forged an alliance against him. He had ambitions of becoming governor. Now, Castor's action-packed career in public office is coming to a quiet close. The confident, spotlight-loving, cowboy-boot-wearing Republican lost a race this fall to return to his former position as district attorney.
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December 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A trio of former top officials from the Colwyn Borough fire company were charged Monday with theft and conspiracy after a 10-month investigation revealed that they stole more than $52,000 from their own organization. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced felony charges against Gary Brice, 49, Station 92's former chief; Betty Cellini, 50, Brice's girlfriend and the company's former president; and Cellini's daughter, Lauren, 26, the company's former treasurer. On Monday afternoon, Brice was in custody after failing to post $50,000 bail.
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December 20, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A former Upper Darby Township detective, a 17-year veteran, has been charged with stealing narcotics from the evidence room to support his drug habit, officials announced Friday. Charges against Brad Ross, 41, of Aldan, included theft, receiving stolen property, and tampering with evidence. He was released after posting $50,000 bail. A hearing was set for Wednesday. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said at a news conference that because of Ross' actions, his office had to throw out three cases, adding that Ross' thefts dated to 2012.
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December 13, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge on Friday denied an emergency motion to vacate the guilty verdict of Griffin Campbell - the demolition contractor in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse - for what Campbell's lawyer argued was "selective racial prosecution. " Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson rejected defense lawyer William D. Hobson's motion on procedural grounds: Court rules require that such a motion be made before trial, not after the verdict. Bronson said he would permit Hobson to try to prove his allegation at a hearing after the 51-year-old North Philadelphia contractor is sentenced Jan. 8. Hobson filed his "motion for extraordinary relief" Thursday, contending that the county grand jury investigation that led to charges against Campbell and excavator operator Sean Benschop was supervised by Assistant District Attorney Frank Fina.
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December 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer for Griffin Campbell, the demolition contractor found guilty in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse, filed an emergency motion Thursday asking that the verdict be overturned because of "selective racial prosecution. " At issue, defense lawyer William D. Hobson contends, is that the Philadelphia grand jury probe that led to charges against Campbell and excavator operator Sean Benschop was supervised by Assistant District Attorney Frank Fina. Fina is the former state prosecutor accused by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane of using government computers to swap pornography and racial and ethnic jokes among a group of fellow state prosecutors and state officials, including Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin.
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December 11, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Zappala Jr., district attorney in Allegheny County, will announce next week his campaign for state attorney general. That could give rise to a lively Democratic primary election in April if the incumbent, beleaguered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, decides to seek a second term. Kane is awaiting trial, accused of illegally leaking secret grand-jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News for a story. Zappala has played a bit part in the ongoing drama around Kane: He testified as an expert witness for the Montgomery County grand jury that investigated her actions and recommended criminal charges against her. Zappala, who did not respond to requests for comment from The Inquirer, confirmed his plans Wednesday evening, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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December 3, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A BROOKHAVEN woman who allegedly stole more than $40,000 from her 92-year-old mother added insult to injury by creating a fraudulent GoFundMe page where she falsely claimed that her mom was in declining health, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. Carol Mongrandi, 53, of Patton Avenue near Victor, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property, forgery and related offenses for allegedly exploiting her aging mother. Investigators with the Delco D.A.'s office were tipped off to Mongrandi when her mother stopped paying her bills at Lima Estates, where she had lived for 35 years without missing a payment.
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December 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Four city councilwomen say Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams should fire prosecutors who sent or received pornographic email while working for the state attorney general. Williams decided instead to provide them with "sensitivity training," which was a more expensive and disingenuous way of doing nothing. The most reasonable response is between Williams' nothing and the councilwomen's everything. The latter are right about Assistant District Attorney Frank Fina, whose documented use of a state account to send pornographic, misogynist, and racist emails makes him a poor choice to pursue justice impartially and professionally for the city.
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November 30, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three boys harassed and distributed explicit photos of a 13-year-old classmate, her life as a freshman at Conestoga High School became "a living hell," in the words of the Chester County district attorney. But she was able this fall to take advantage of a new state law - one that placed her classmates under a court order barring the boys from any contact with her. Following the lead of other states, Pennsylvania's Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation law for the first time expands traditional court-ordered protection from its typical targets - such as ex-spouses and relatives - to acquaintances and strangers.
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