May 29, 2015 |
After a surgical device spread an aggressive but undetected uterine cancer inside anesthesiologist Amy Reed in late 2013, she and her husband launched a campaign to ban electric morcellators. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has gotten involved, according to Reed's husband, Philadelphia heart surgeon Hooman Noorchashm, and Sarah Robinson, a California woman whose cancer was also worsened by the device. Both said Wednesday that they have been interviewed by FBI agents, and believe the FBI is looking into whether manufacturers failed to report deaths and serious injuries to the Food and Drug Administration, as required by federal law. "I had been trying to get the FBI's attention for a very long time," said Noorchashm, a heart surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
May 13, 2015 |
Before DNA testing became the gold standard in forensic science, hair analysis was often a prosecutor's trump card. Developed by the FBI's vaunted crime lab, microscopic hair analysis - comparing a hair found at a crime scene with one from a criminal defendant - as described in polished, confident testimony by an FBI hair analyst, could seal a guilty verdict. Now, an ongoing FBI hair-analysis review - preliminary results were announced April 20 - recommends a wholesale look at cases in which testimony about microscopic hair analysis contributed to a guilty verdict.
May 6, 2015 |
AS 40,000 RUNNERS barreled down Broad Street, four law-enforcement officials were in a race of their own. The prize was more than a medal and bragging rights - it was a man's life. FBI Special Agents Erik Negron, Tom Powell and Brian Hoffman, as well as Philadelphia Police Officer Matthew Fleming, took action Sunday morning during the Broad Street Run, working together to revive a 35-year-old man, one of two runners who had gone into cardiac arrest, authorities said last night. It happened in a split-second, according to Special Agent J.J. Klaver, an FBI spokesman.
April 27, 2015 |
For four weeks, federal prosecutors have challenged the choices of six members of an elite Philadelphia police drug squad and accused them of pocketing drug money and trampling on suspects' rights. But as defense lawyers opened their case Friday, it was their turn to object to the FBI's methods. Moving through nine witnesses at a whirlwind clip, lawyer Jack McMahon left no decision made by federal investigators unquestioned. Why, McMahon asked, did agents wait until after indicting the officers to interview police supervisors who witnessed operations the FBI has since flagged as suspicious?
April 22, 2015 |
A former Philadelphia police officer who was acquitted last year of extending loans at illegally high interest rates was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison for attempting to obstruct the FBI investigation of his case. Gary Cottrell, 48, said that while he always felt confident he would be found not guilty of charges of making extortionate loans, the stress of the investigation surrounding his business had altered his judgment. He was found guilty in November of asking two people to whom he had granted loans to lie to agents about the interest they had been charged.
April 11, 2015 |
After seven days of testimony alleging that an elite Philadelphia narcotics unit routinely cracked skulls, pocketed drug money, and lied on police reports to cover up its crimes, the federal jury hearing the corruption case against six of its members could be excused for wanting answers to a few nagging questions. Among them: Where were these officers' bosses? And what did they have to say when the FBI showed up on their doorsteps? The answers, as FBI case agent John Hess testified Thursday, are complicated.
March 22, 2015 |
A Washington-based FBI agent whose alleged heroin use has prompted the dismissals of cases against 28 drug defendants, was himself charged Friday in federal court. Prosecutors allege Matthew Lowry, 33, of Upper Marlboro, Md., repeatedly checked seized heroin out of an evidence room for his own use, cut it with Creatine and laxatives to hide the missing amounts and returned it while forging signatures and evidence labels. His lawyer, Robert C. Bonsib, said Lowry has been cooperating with the Justice Department investigation since his crimes were discovered and intends to plead guilty at an upcoming court hearing.
February 21, 2015 |
The 10 years that have passed since Richard Petrone Jr. disappeared have not softened the hurt his mother feels today. On Thursday, Marge Petrone of Cherry Hill stood beside federal, state, and county investigators 10 years to the day since Petrone, 35, and his girlfriend, Danielle Imbo, 34, disappeared after having drinks with friends in a bar on South Street in Philadelphia. "Ten years is too long not to have justice for two people who did nothing wrong and didn't deserve this," said Petrone, her voice cracking.
February 11, 2015 |
PARENTS envision a perfect road for their baby when it bursts into the world, mapping out a happy life beyond the diapers and college degrees. They take off the training wheels, give the bicycle seat one last push and let go. They wipe some ketchup off a teen's face before high-school graduation, and 10 years later they straighten his bow tie and let go a little more. They worry, always, because they know that the real road's full of potholes and blind curves, but they never imagine it ending, and never fully let go. "You always feel it. It never goes away," said Marge Petrone, 66. "You can't imagine outliving your child.