June 8, 2014 |
Carrie Berner keeps a binder filled with more than 1,000 pages of investigative reports she has collected since her husband died on the side of the road in Moorestown less than a year ago. Craig Berner, 52, a Moorestown patrolman for 26 years, was thrown from his motorcycle while off duty and struck by a pickup on a winding stretch of Westfield Road about 10 p.m. July 27. The pickup driver was Detective Sgt. William McGovern of...
March 18, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Sunday lashed out at critics of her decision to shut down an undercover investigation that had captured leading Philadelphia Democrats - including four members of the state House delegation - on tape accepting money. Kane blamed "cowardly anonymous sources" for providing "an inaccurate and sensational version of the details" of the case, which were made public in an article in The Inquirer on Sunday. The paper reported that prosecutors in the Attorney General's Office had run a sting for three years that captured at least five city Democrats on tape accepting cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 bracelet.
August 9, 2012 |
IT STARTED with flattery. Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates summoned aide Keisha Johnson into his office in the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Bureau. He asked her to take a seat. She was smart, professional, he said. She put people at ease and made him look good. He walked toward Johnson and stood behind her chair. "You're pretty much a reflection of me," Bates said that day in early 2008, according to Johnson. He placed his hands on the shoulders of her petite 5-foot-5 frame.
June 20, 2014 |
Twenty-six months after an undercover operative allegedly made his last secret payment to a Philadelphia politician, a sting investigation that started and stopped has a renewed life. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Wednesday that he had named a team of four top prosecutors to present the sting evidence to an investigative grand jury. Williams pledged to complete the reborn investigation in "months, not years. " Prosecutors began calling witnesses before the 36-member jury about two weeks ago, his office revealed.
October 18, 2013 |
MOST PHILLY COPS do it right. One shift after another, they put their lives on the line for people they don't know. They lock up the bad guys and try to make it home to their families in one piece. Some officers turn into bad guys themselves. They've lost their badges amid allegations of assault, theft, rape, fraud and drug dealing. At least 68 city cops have been charged with crimes since March 2009. But Officer Philip Nace - the YouTube sensation who has developed an international reputation as the angriest cop in the City of Brotherly Love - is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get benched for what a police spokesman described simply as "idiotic behavior.
June 28, 2014 |
The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity said Thursday that District Attorney Seth Williams should have dropped an investigation of five Philadelphia Democrats allegedly caught on tape taking bribes. Williams announced last week that he was taking the case to a grand jury. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane had dropped the investigation in 2013, calling it tainted by racism and overly reliant on an informant with a checkered past. The Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy, said in an interview late Thursday that the way the investigation was conducted - using an informant and soliciting the alleged corruption - represents a major problem in the justice system.
June 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - On Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said there were "inexplicable delays" in the Jerry Sandusky investigation and suggested that may have set the stage for two more young men to be victimized. She said the two told prosecutors they had been abused while the state was undertaking its 33-month investigation. Kane said she could not give details except to say the two were not among the 10 victims Sandusky was later charged with sexually assaulting. Late Tuesday, Kane's office acknowledged that she misspoke - that Sandusky had indeed been charged with abusing one of the young men. In fact, prosecutors had called him to the stand during the 2012 trial and a jury convicted Sandusky of abusing him. On Tuesday, one day after Kane released a report that failed to affirm many of her complaints about the Sandusky investigation, the focus turned to Kane herself and her new charge that a bogged-down investigation may have enabled Sandusky to strike again.
February 18, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Firefighters and Paramedics Local Union 22 will soon be confronting the two-year anniversary of an event we wish had never occurred - the tragic deaths of Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney in the infamous April 9, 2012, Kensington warehouse fire. That warehouse had long been neglected by its out-of-state owners and had been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore and death trap that ultimately claimed the lives of two of our brothers. The city's response - then and now - was tepid.
March 19, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday that she believed leading Philadelphia Democrats ensnared in an undercover sting operation committed crimes, but that the case against them was so badly mishandled by her predecessors that it could not be prosecuted. Responding to a report in Sunday's Inquirer that five public officials, including four state legislators from Philadelphia, were captured on tape accepting cash, gifts, or money orders, Kane said she had no choice but to shut down the investigation.
March 26, 2013 |
HAROLD "Blackie" Feinman was no doubt the kind of boss lots of people would love to work for. Harold was a police official, and his officers were his pride and concern. "He would have gone through hell and high water for his officers," said his son Mark Feinman. "He was very protective of the officers who worked for him. " In fact, Mark said, his father "was very conscientious of how he treated other people, in and out of the Police Department. " Harold Feinman rose through the ranks of the department in his 30-year career to reach the rank of captain before his retirement in 1991.