November 24, 2013 |
WOODBURY The Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday that it had made no errors in the identification of a dead man whose family searched for him for 37 days as he lay in a Woodbury morgue. Gearld O'Bryant was found dead Oct. 11 of a drug overdose in Coopers Point in Camden. Prosecutors have said they identified him that night and handed the case over to the Camden County Police Metro Division and the Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office, which handles Camden County cases.
November 16, 2013 |
Ever wonder why the doctor's office asks for your identification? Because health care is so expensive, criminals often try to steal your identity and use it to get care fraudulently. It is called medical ID theft: Scammers use your name and identity to fraudulently receive medical benefits, prescription drugs, even undergo surgery. When the Affordable Care Act website - www.healthcare.gov - malfunctioned, that posed serious risks for those applying for themselves and family members, says Leon LaRosa, an expert on fraud.
October 9, 2013 |
Police have identified a 23-year-old Kingsessing man killed Sunday night in a shooting outside a Southwest Philadelphia corner store that left five others wounded. Devin Hatch, 22, was shot in the arms, legs, abdomen and groin when four to five gunmen unleashed a torrent of bullets around 7 p.m. into a crowd outside Los Papi Deli & Grocery at 54th Street and Florence Avenue, police said. "We know that about four to five males in hoodies walked up to the corner," Homicide Capt.
September 3, 2013 |
The man arrested in one of two alleged sexual assaults of women who attended Day One of the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia has been identified as Ankara Demir, police said. Demir was arrested in connection with an attack police said took place in his home on the 2400 block of Arch Street at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, a short walk from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where the concert continues until 11 p.m. Sunday. According to police, a 22-year-old woman met Demir, 26, at the concert and asked to use his cellphone.
August 22, 2013
IF YOU'RE an optimist, you will note how fitting it is that less than two weeks before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a Commonwealth Court judge has once again delayed an onerous voter-ID law for November's election. The 1963 March was one of the biggest political rallies in this country's history, and a signal moment in the country's bumpy road to civil rights - which has turned out to be a long and winding road, indeed. Those less optimistic, though, will note that almost two months to the day before the March's anniversary, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key clauses of the Voting Rights Act. Perhaps more than anything, these two actions represent the one-step-forward, two-steps-back journey of civil rights in the 21st century.
August 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania voters will not be required to produce identification to cast ballots in November. A Commonwealth Court judge has barred enforcement of the state's 2012 voter ID law until he makes a final determination in the case challenging the legislation. In his ruling Friday, Judge Bernard McGinley said while poll workers asking for ID was not itself disenfranchisement, a hardship was created for voters by the state's misleading or nonexistent information on the new law's requirements.
August 2, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A dispute over the number of voters who could not obtain proper identification to vote in last year's election delayed closing arguments in the voter ID trial Wednesday. Witold Walczak, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing petitioners in the case, said at least 50 voters would not have received IDs needed to vote last fall and would have been disenfranchised in November's election, based on conservative estimates produced by the state. "There were hundreds of people who went to PennDot and came away without an ID," Walczak said, adding that problems existed even after the state created a Department of State ID for voting that did not require registered voters to produce a birth certificate.
August 2, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The fate of Pennsylvania's 16-month-old voter identification law is in the hands of a Commonwealth Court judge after closing arguments in the landmark voting-rights case Thursday. The state argued that it had done its part to ensure that all registered voters had access to mandatory ID, while petitioners countered that those efforts were not enough. Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, said the law placed a "fundamental burden" on a right "enshrined in the Constitution.
August 2, 2013
At the end of its three-week courtroom defense of Pennsylvania's flawed voter-identification law, the Corbett administration's best hopes have dwindled to convincing a judge that it's somehow OK to risk barring 89,000 registered voters from the polls. Given such a flimsy legal case - and the startling prospect of disenfranchising so many voters - tossing the voter-ID law should be a slam-dunk. The trial, set to wrap up today before Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley, revealed that the law could bar far more otherwise legal voters than Harrisburg election officials are willing to concede - all in the name of quashing a virtually nonexistent form of voter fraud.
August 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The battle over Pennsylvania's voter identification law touched on familiar themes Tuesday as the state concluded its case after almost three weeks of testimony. Witnesses for the Department of State testified for several hours detailing the extent to which they worked to make information about the law widely known - including reaching out to the elderly, veterans groups, the homeless, and immigrant communities - to ensure residents without ID would understand the steps needed to get it. Attorneys for the plaintiffs questioned the same officials about the wide range of difficulties voters encountered and the disparity in estimates on how many remain without proper ID. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.