March 2, 2010 |
The alleged crimes at the root of the health-care fraud trial sparked by the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly were caused by rogue employees, a conspiracy by top managers, or maybe just sloppiness, jurors at the federal trial were told yesterday. Deliberations to decide which of those competing arguments is true will start today after nearly a month of testimony into fraud, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice charges stemming from the federal investigation launched by the 14-year-old girl's death.
October 20, 2011 |
IT'S JUST NOT done - a public defender asking a prosecutor to talk with a criminal defendant out of a belief that the charge against him is unfair. Joanne Epps, then in the U.S. Attorney's Office, got such a call from federal defender Maureen Rowley in the '80s. Joanne's reaction: "I'm a federal prosecutor, no way," she said. But Maureen explained that the young man, who was about to enter the military and had his life ahead of him, would be ruined by a conviction on a gun charge.
September 20, 2006 |
State Sen. Wayne Bryant yesterday defended himself against allegations that he was given a no-show job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, saying a federal monitor's report on the school was "not accurate in many respects. " "During the entire time I was employed by UMDNJ, I regularly performed various duties and services that were consistent with my job description," Bryant wrote in a brief statement. The powerful Camden County Democrat was responding to a Monday report by former federal judge Herbert J. Stern, who was appointed monitor by U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie.
January 26, 2006 |
New Jersey's top federal prosecutor has offered a scathing critique of the way the state Attorney General's Office handled a political corruption investigation that included secretly recorded conversations with South Jersey Democratic Party kingpin George E. Norcross III. Alluding to the "protection of political figures and the manipulation of evidence," U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said the state had botched its four-year probe of...
October 26, 2010 |
Reputed mob leader Andrew Merola, who took part in what a federal prosecutor called a "smorgasbord of criminal activities," faces 10 to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced Friday on a racketeering conspiracy charge. Merola, who is to appear before Judge Stanley R. Chesler in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., is lead defendant in the case, which targeted the New Jersey branch of the powerful Gambino crime family. Most of his 22 codefendants have pleaded guilty. A close friend and underworld associate of South Jersey mobster Nicky Scarfo Jr., Merola, 42, has been identified as a capo , or captain, for the Gambino organization.
August 15, 2009
A congressional investigation has produced the strongest evidence yet that former President George W. Bush's administration fired federal prosecutors who didn't serve its partisan goals. The House Judiciary Committee released documents and testimony that place Bush adviser Karl Rove at the heart of an effort to politicize the Justice Department. This material refutes the claims of top Bush officials that the dismissals of U.S. attorneys in 2006 were based on prosecutors' performance.
May 6, 2010 |
The nomination of Zane D. Memeger to be the new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate Wednesday. The voice vote, without dissent, means Memeger will replace interim U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy, who has served since 2009. Levy will remain in the office as an assistant U.S. attorney. Memeger still has to be sworn in by a federal judge. In a statement released by the Philadelphia office Wednesday night, he said: "I am honored and excited to be returning to the office that I proudly served as an assistant, engaging again with respected colleagues, and helping the Eastern District build even further on its reputation of excellence.
October 5, 2001 |
City Solicitor Kenneth Trujillo, long rumored to be leaving his post, told his senior deputies yesterday that he would be gone as early as two weeks from now, sources said. The two leading candidates to succeed him are said to be James Eisenhower, a former federal prosecutor who ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general last year, and Nelson Diaz, a former Common Pleas Court judge who was general counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration.
February 27, 2002 |
Pharmacist admits diluting cancer drugs Robert R. Courtney apologized to his victims yesterday as he pleaded guilty to diluting their cancer drugs. The Kansas City pharmacist, 49, was charged last summer with adulterating and misbranding chemotherapy drugs. Yesterday he also admitted buying stolen chemo medications and selling them. "Why did I commit these inordinate crimes, so profoundly inconsistent with my faith, with my beliefs and my relationship with my Lord and Savior?"
April 8, 1990 |
Since his appointment to the federal bench in 1975, Judge Stanley S. Brotman has stripped a boxing champion of his title, cut the tolls on the Ben Franklin Bridge and protected the rights of the mentally ill. He demanded that municipalities educate police about AIDS. He negotiated a $32.5 million settlement to clean up the GEMS Landfill in Gloucester County. He was the first federal judge to rule that random drug testing was legal. He was the first to send Nicky Scarfo to jail.