November 27, 2015 |
The charges were serious: A brutal assault that left a young woman bruised and fighting for her life. Testimony on the witness stand was heated, emotional, and, at times, racially charged. But the onlookers who filled the federal courtroom in Camden on Tuesday night were all smiles. Even - especially - the judge presiding over the case. Jamira Greene, a high school senior portraying defense attorney Atticus Finch in a mock trial rendering of the criminal case described in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird , urged the people sitting in the jury box to acquit.
November 11, 2015 |
Now that U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno has shown the way, the Pennsylvania legislature must do its part to prevent parents and other relatives who live with someone suspected of being a drug dealer from unfairly losing their homes and property. Robreno approved a settlement last week between the Institute for Justice and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office that puts reasonable limits on civil forfeitures, but the agreement doesn't apply outside the city. Under the state's civil forfeiture law, if police merely suspect that a house, business, car, or cash was involved in a crime, they can seize it and auction it off. The proceeds may then be banked by the local law enforcement agency.
November 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Catherine Botticelli has seen some big changes in Washington since she started working there as a lawyer in the 1990s. The reach of Washington regulators has extended and so has their scrutiny of U.S. businesses. More and more, oversight agencies and law enforcement go after not only companies but also the people who run them. "After the  credit crisis, there was this sense that people commit wrongful acts, not just companies," said Botticelli, a senior partner at Dechert L.L.P., a global law firm based in University City.
November 4, 2015 |
Gov. Christie returned to Camden on Monday to praise the Camden County police force, pledging to stand with law enforcement while pushing his campaign-trail accusations that President Obama - who also was in New Jersey to address criminal justice reform - has failed to support police. The Republican governor, who has tried to cast himself as the law-and-order candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said he would sign an executive order declaring Nov. 5 a law enforcement appreciation day in New Jersey.
October 27, 2015 |
On the eighth anniversary of the killing of 19-year-old Rowan University student Donald Farrell, Gloucester County law enforcement officials renewed their appeal for anyone with information about the murder to come forward. Farrell, a sophomore from Morris County in North Jersey, was beaten to death in Glassboro on Oct. 27, 2007 after he was approached by five males near the college's Triad apartment buildings. The assailants asked Farrell for directions to a party, and then punched and kicked him, witnesses told police.
October 23, 2015 |
New Jersey lawmakers are set to spar over gun legislation Thursday in a debate overshadowed by presidential and gubernatorial politics. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), a possible candidate for governor in 2017, has vowed to try a second time to override Gov. Christie's veto of a bill unanimously passed by the Legislature that would require certain people seeking to expunge their mental-health records in order to buy a firearm to notify law enforcement of their petition.
October 17, 2015 |
A North Philadelphia man has been charged in the gunpoint rape of a Temple University student last month just south of the school's campus. Shakree Bennett, 23, faces charges of rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and related offenses. Police say that on Sept. 28 around 11:15 p.m., he approached a 20-year-old woman on the 1400 block of Carlisle Street from behind and hit her on the arm with a handgun. Then, police said, Bennett told her not to scream, pushed her toward a nearby construction area, where he rummaged through her backpack.
October 1, 2015 |
SINCE HER breakout role in "The Devil Wears Prada" almost a decade ago, Emily Blunt has become one of Hollywood's most versatile actresses, moving back and forth between comedies and dramas, family films and horror. Over the past few years, she's become a bit of a badass, looking more comfortable with a big gun than a parasol. In her new film, "Sicario," opening here Friday, Blunt plays a dour, by-the-book FBI agent forced begrudgingly into playing by the CIA's rules (or lack thereof)
September 27, 2015 |
With Pope Francis' arrival in Philadelphia less than 24 hours away, Camden County and other New Jersey officials made a renewed push Friday morning to attract visitors to the historic Philadelphia event - and use Camden City as the conduit - and stressed that safety measures were comprehensive and unprecedented. Officials reported that of 75,000 PATCO papal passes available for the weekend, only about 18,000 had been sold so far. And of more than 8,000 parking spaces available at Camden's waterfront, fewer than 300 passes for the spots had been preregistered.
September 26, 2015 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday relaxed the standard by which police may search an automobile without obtaining a warrant, ruling that the current test "does not provide greater liberty or security" to the state's residents "and has placed on law enforcement unrealistic and impracticable burdens. " With the 5-2 decision, the high court reversed precedent, finding that its previous standard had resulted in unintended consequences such as a surge in consent searches and prolonged roadside stops.