March 12, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Help stop shootings When will Pennsylvania stop putting guns over lives? I'm sure it's a question the Pittsburgh community of Wilkinsburg is asking after Wednesday's shootings left four women and one man dead and three others wounded. I'm disgusted by the disregard for life and the love for guns in Pennsylvania. And I'm angry as I watch most of my fellow lawmakers turn a blind eye to gun violence and proliferation while citizens are killed daily. As a member of the Pa. SAFE Caucus, I am fighting to reduce violence through sensible gun laws, funding for mental-health services, and stronger tools for law enforcement.
March 11, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday did not agree with the convicted leader of a Camden drug organization, who challenged evidence obtained from a "roving wiretap" used to keep tabs on suspects using "burner" throw-away phones. In a unanimous decision, the court upheld an Appellate Division decision and rulings by a Superior Court judge that allowed authorities in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, along with a joint Camden-Philadelphia drug task force, to use the same warrant to target multiple phone numbers when suspects deliberately changed phones to conceal drug activity.
March 7, 2016 |
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - In January, a deputy attorney general and two agents walked into a judge's chambers here with questions. They wanted to discuss a meeting decades earlier that had ended with a "monster" priest being allowed to go free. Back in 1985, Cambria County Judge Patrick T. Kiniry had been a local prosecutor, and met with Bishop James Hogan to discuss a priest suspected of sexually abusing children. As leader of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, the bishop had outsize influence in the area.
February 3, 2016
THE AMMON Bundy-led standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is eerily similar to the MOVE crisis that gripped Philadelphia in 1985. Like the armed back-to-nature group MOVE, the Bundy-led militia has a yearslong history of conflict with the government. And while both MOVE and the Bundys engaged government forces in violent confrontations before armed standoffs, there is a major difference between the groups. MOVE was black. The Bundys are white. The Bundys' issues with the government go back to 1993, when the federal Bureau of Land Management began a conservation effort that require ranchers who wanted to graze their cattle on federally protected land to pay grazing fees.
January 18, 2016 |
Charles H. Rogovin, 84, of West Conshohocken, a law school professor and longtime law enforcement official at the state and federal level, died Sunday, Jan. 10, of a suspected heart attack at Lankenau Hospital. Mr. Rogovin, a specialist in criminal law, as well as in organized and white-collar crime, joined the Temple University School of Law faculty in 1977. At his retirement in 2009, he was named professor of law emeritus. He held numerous high-profile jobs in public service.
January 14, 2016
FOUR MORE DOWN, so many more to go. The Federal Trade Commission recently smacked down four debt-collection outfits and their affiliates that the agency said engaged in abusive practices. This latest round of action is part of a federal, state, and local effort around the country to target deceptive debt collectors. I've personally been on the other end of a telephone call with a collector trying to bully me into paying a debt I didn't owe. The person was attempting to collect some medical payment that he claimed was owed by my deceased brother.
January 12, 2016 |
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl suspected in the killing of a 13-year-old boy in Camden last week has turned herself in to police, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. The girl, whom The Inquirer is not identifying because she is a juvenile, has not been charged in the death of Nathaniel "Nate" Plummer Jr., who was gunned down on the street late Thursday night. She was charged over the weekend with attempted murder in a separate Oct. 30 shooting, authorities said. Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, would not comment on whether any suspects had been identified in Plummer's killing.
January 10, 2016 |
IN HIS former career with the Coast Guard, Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia, when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. However, the shooter had no idea with whom he was dealing. Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
January 8, 2016 |
In his former career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Philadelphia police Ofc. Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. But the shooter had no idea who he was dealing with and Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.