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July 18, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
JOHN McNESBY, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, leveled disturbing allegations yesterday against longtime Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman. In an afternoon news conference held at the FOP's Northeast Philadelphia headquarters, McNesby said the union has been provided with "credible information" from a confidential source alleging that the two reporters fabricated information and provided interview subjects with cash and gifts, while reporting their Pulitzer Prize-winning series "Tainted Justice" in 2009.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former director of a now-defunct West Chester charter school is being investigated for theft after an employee reported finding scores of questionable transfers in the school's bank accounts, court documents show. LaMont McKim, who in 2005 founded Sankofa Academy Charter School with his wife, had sole control of finances at the grades 5-12 institution, a board member told borough police. Police executed a warrant last week to seize the school's financial records. McKim does not have a publicly listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fire that damaged part of a medieval-style, custom-built Main Line mansion was under investigation Thursday as the homeowner recovered from burn injuries at a nearby hospital. The official cause of the blaze is not yet known, but a preliminary investigation suggested the homeowner's truck caught fire while he was working on it under the portico on the side of the house. The fire broke out just before 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at the home on the 200 block of Wyndom Lane in Radnor Township, Delaware County.
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June 29, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - On Monday, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said she would "love to sit all day" and answer questions about her office's review of why her predecessors took so long to bring charges against serial child-abuser Jerry Sandusky. That was before her office acknowledged that she erred on a key and emotionally charged question: whether any children had been abused by Sandusky while the 33-month-long state investigation was ongoing. On Friday, Kane refused to answer questions about the issue or clarify her comments.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 27, 2014
Attorney General Kathleen Kane's reckless treatment of facts surrounding the sexual assault investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky threatens to undermine her office. Kane's election in 2012 was in part due to the public's response to her allegation that Gov. Corbett, when he was attorney general, delayed the Sandusky case because he feared political damage to his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. An independent examiner reported Monday that there was no evidence of that.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The report released Monday by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane into the three-year investigation of child sex-abuser Jerry Sandusky did little to change opinions of a Pennsylvania State University community still deeply divided over the scandal. Those who believe mistakes were made in the investigation, including delays by investigators under Gov. Corbett when he was attorney general, continue to believe so, and contend that they see such evidence in the report. Those who think Corbett and his successors did right by taking time to build a strong case without political motive say the report only buttresses their views.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis Craig R. McCoy and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
June 25, 2014
A long-awaited report probing the investigation that led to the conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges points out disturbing delays in his prosecution that may have put other children in danger. The report includes no evidence to support Attorney General Kathleen Kane's earlier allegation that the delays may have been politically motivated. But neither does the report categorically rule out that possibility. During her 2012 election campaign, Kane suggested that Gov. Corbett, who as attorney general in 2009 began the Sandusky investigation, was slow to prosecute the case because he feared alienating powerful Penn State supporters, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
NEWS
June 25, 2014
ATTORNEY General Kathleen Kane has released an exhaustive investigation of her predecessor's handling of the Jerry Sandusky case, and the results should provide her with a valuable lesson: If you're going to accuse a former attorney general of political motivation in his handling of a case, you risk having your own accusations seem, well, politically motivated - especially if you made those allegations the centerpiece of your own campaign, and the...
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