July 20, 2016 |
Andrea Constand did not break her confidential settlement agreement with Bill Cosby by cooperating with detectives in an investigation that led to criminal charges against the entertainer, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling, by District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, dismissed portions of Cosby's bid to make Constand return the money he paid her a decade ago to settle sexual-assault claims. Cosby contended that the agreement prevented any party from disclosing details about the lawsuit or a 2005 criminal investigation into the allegations.
July 20, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
July 19, 2016
Robert Morgan, 90, a former U.S. senator who also served in the North Carolina Legislature and as the state's attorney general, has died. A spokeswoman for O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home in Lillington, N.C., who asked that her name not be used, said Mr. Morgan died Saturday at home. The cause of death was not immediately known. Mr. Morgan, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1975 until 1981. After losing reelection in 1980, he joined the State Bureau of Investigation, where he worked until 1992 before returning to his general law practice in Lillington.
July 18, 2016 |
When a Bridgeton, N.J., police officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop in December 2014 — in an encounter that garnered national attention when the dashcam video became public — the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office investigated whether the officer used justified force, as is standard procedure in New Jersey. But there was a problem. Officer Braheme Days, who fired the shots that killed 36-year-old Jerame Reid, had been a basketball coach for the son of Jennifer Webb-McRae, the county's prosecutor.
July 16, 2016
Police on Thursday were investigating a threat to bomb the African American Museum in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention here this month. The museum, at Seventh and Arch Streets in Center City, received a threatening letter Thursday and reported it to police. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security for city police, said detectives were investigating. Museum officials could not be reached for comment. - Robert Moran
July 15, 2016 |
WITH EAGLES training camp less than two weeks away, the team is eager for the sexual-assault accusation against wide receiver Nelson Agholor to be resolved. A source close to the situation, though not involved in the investigation, said Thursday that he was told Agholor will not be charged. The source also said an announcement to that effect was near. An NJ.com report Thursday said District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to decide on charges against Agholor on Friday - after an investigation by Philadelphia police determined no charges were warranted.
July 11, 2016
Police in Bucks County are investigating a rash of home burglaries in Morrisville early Saturday. Four burglaries occurred between 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Simons Drive, the Falls Township Police Department said. Meanwhile, two attempted burglaries occurred on nearby Gilbert Drive, which is the next street to the west of Simons. The burglar or burglars got into the four homes through unlocked, rear windows, police said. Wallets, cash, cellphones and laptop computers were taken, among other items.
July 9, 2016
ISSUE | HILLARY CLINTON Gentler justice for white politician FBI Director James Comey validated the Black Lives Matter movement by not recommending a prosecution of Hillary Clinton for endangering the country's security ("FBI Finds Carelessness, Not Crime," Wednesday). Rich, white people are apparently not held accountable for their crimes to the same degree as the black community. Former Rep. Chaka Fattah was prosecuted for corruption - rightly so - but he did not endanger our country's security, a crime I deem more severe.
July 8, 2016 |
With the Democratic National Convention less than three weeks away, both the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the stagehands' union are investigating an alleged overbilling scheme by some of the union's top officers. Michael Barnes, who leads Local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), has ousted Anthony Tortorice Sr., vice president of Local 8, and his son, Jonathan Tortorice, the secretary-treasurer, a union source said. Both men have responsibilities for dispatching union members to assignments at the Convention Center.
July 7, 2016 |
THE POLITICALLY charged FBI investigation of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email practices has ended with a recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against her. In my view, it's the right recommendation, since the FBI found no proof of criminality in Clinton's use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state. However, as FBI director James Comey rightly said regarding eight Clinton email chains on top-secret matters, "any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position . . . should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.