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October 28, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Facing criticism over its efforts to search for 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale before her body was discovered two years ago, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office on Monday called a recent lawsuit filed by Pasquale's family "misplaced. " "Law enforcement could not have prevented the death of Autumn, because she was killed several hours before she was ever reported missing," said Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office, in an e-mail. "Any civil action seeking money damages by pointing blame at police is misplaced.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Mandatory reporting of sexual-assault cases to authorities could lead college students to not seek help out of fear of embarrassment or retribution and a sense of being revictimized, victim advocates, activists, and academic experts testified Thursday. "Mandated reporting to law enforcement, other than a demographic statistic . . . will drive our victims underground," said Donna Barry, director of the university health center at Montclair State University, during a legislative hearing on campus sexual violence.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police briefly quarantined a house in South Philadelphia on Thursday morning after a woman who had recently returned from central Africa was suffering abdominal pain, high fever, and aching joints, law enforcement sources said. Despite initial concerns that the woman could be suffering from Ebola, doctors and the city Department of Public Health quickly determined she was not infected with the virus, which has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa. Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran said "rumors of a suspected Ebola case in South Philadelphia" were reviewed by the department's Division of Disease Control - and emergency services physicians.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Invitations to speak at commencement typically go to prominent politicians, A-list celebrities, or, occasionally, a bureaucrat with a free weekend. Students at a Vermont college have gone a different route. They've invited a convicted cop killer. Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life term for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is scheduled to address 20 graduates at Goddard College on Sunday through prerecorded remarks. His conviction remains divisive.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee charged Sunday that Chester County Republican Cuyler Walker, who last week pulled out of the race for the state legislature, was facing a law enforcement investigation. The Democrats issued a statement that cited a recent court filing by Walker's lawyer, Michael S. Gill. The filing stated there had been a newspaper report of "investigative rumors. " A footnote in the filing said that if he was forced to testify in the election dispute, "Walker will assert his privileges under the Fifth Amendment" to remain silent.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Heavily armed police - now from New York and New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania - continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County where they believe alleged cop killer Eric Frein is moving on foot under the cover of dense forest. Gov. Corbett said at a news conference Monday that he was "confident that we would be able to apprehend this individual. " "He's out in those woods right now," Corbett said. "My thoughts are constantly with those people right now, who are looking for this individual.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A murder warrant has been issued in last month's double slaying and abduction of two men found stabbed, bound, and beaten in the Schuylkill, in which another man who survived the attack was found stumbling along the riverbank, police said Monday. Police have said they believe the Aug. 28 killings were linked to Asian gangs. On Monday, law enforcement sources said murder charges had been filed against Tam Le, 42, who lived in a Southwest Philadelphia home where investigators believe the three victims were tortured before being stabbed, taken to the river, weighted down, and tossed into the water.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
In response to the police shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., about 100 people gathered Tuesday night in Norristown for a public forum on race, law enforcement, and community relations. The discussion, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta sorority's Montgomery County chapter, spanned a wide range of topics, from arrest and incarceration to education, ingrained social systems, and economics. The moderator, community activist Buck Jones, read a list of more than a dozen names - all young black men, unarmed, killed by police in recent years across the country.
SPORTS
September 12, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
ROGER GOODELL would have done well to rip a page from the NCAA playbook. Throw the book at Ray Rice back in February as the NCAA originally did to Penn State, and Goodell would not be where he is right this minute, homina-homina homina-ing through his latest questionable assertions, he and his integrity painted by his own messy brush into the smallest of corners. Play offense right away. Or you will be playing defense for a long time. How does he get out now? Damned if I know.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE LAWYERS WHO filed a class-action lawsuit last month on behalf of homeowners challenging the city's civil-forfeiture program filed a motion yesterday seeking a preliminary injunction. They are asking U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to order the city to suspend its practice of seizing people's homes without giving them any notice or an opportunity to have a hearing before a judge. Lawyers at the Arlington, Va.-based Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, and the Center City-based law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg had filed the suit on behalf of three Philadelphia homeowners against the city, Mayor Nutter, the District Attorney's Office, D.A. Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
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