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.
June 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia police continued their investigation Monday into three deadly shootings over the weekend. The first happened at 11:13 p.m. Saturday, when police dispersing a crowd of several hundred at a barbecue on Eighth and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia heard shots fired nearby. Police rushed to the 700 block of Montgomery Avenue, where they found two victims: 16-year-old Jameer Haynesworth of the 1700 block of North Franklin Street, who had been shot in the back of the head, and a 20-year-old man with a wound to his back.
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...
June 24, 2014 |
A report into the three-year investigation of serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky found that prosecutors, facing a shaky initial witness, had reason to take their time to build a case with multiple victims, according to sources familiar with the document. Though raising questions about delays in the inquiry, the report, scheduled to be released Monday, does not fault prosecutors for using a grand jury to investigate Sandusky, the sources said. It also found no evidence that politics or a lack of resources influenced the investigation.
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.
June 18, 2014 |
Friends and relatives recalled Craig Berner - a Moorestown patrolman fatally struck by a truck while off duty - as one of the good guys, who would help even a turtle in need. Berner, a member of the township police department for 26 years, died nearly a year ago on his way to a store when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck. Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at Memorial Field on South Church Street for a candlelight vigil to honor Berner and garner support to reopen a criminal investigation into Berner's death.
June 10, 2014 |
FEDERAL investigators yesterday were looking into commercial trucking and other safety issues in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured and comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair , a friend and mentor to Morgan, dead. Kevin Roper , a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Authorities said Roper apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday in Cranbury Township and swerved his big rig into the back of Morgan's chauffeured Mercedes limo bus, flipping it over.
June 9, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A review has found no evidence that then-Attorney General Tom Corbett delayed the investigation into serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky for political gain, but it raises questions about the pace of the case, according to three people who have read the report. The report also does not fault prosecutors for taking the case to a grand jury, a step that lengthened the investigation and that critics contended kept Sandusky on the streets, the sources said. But the review does flag the timing of certain decisions prosecutors made, such as searching Sandusky's house two years after the investigation began.
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...