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January 9, 2004 | By Keith Herbert and Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A Lower Moreland district justice was accused of eight counts of judicial misconduct yesterday, including allegations that he pressured police to drop a drunken-driving case against a family friend and summarily convicted a juvenile who didn't wear a tie to his courtroom. District Justice Stephen H. Silverman was named in a complaint prepared by the Judicial Conduct Board in Harrisburg, which investigates allegations of ethical misconduct by judges in the state. The board receives more than 500 complaints alleging misconduct each year, but formal charges are rare.
NEWS
April 21, 2011
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Wildwood Mayor Gary DeMarzo pleaded not guilty Wednesday to official misconduct. Cape May County prosecutors have charged that DeMarzo and lawyer Samuel Lashman improperly used public funds to pay for DeMarzo's defense in a conflict-of-interest case in 2009 and 2010. Lashman also entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday. DeMarzo is a former Wildwood police officer who took a leave of absence after being elected a city commissioner in May 2007. He became mayor in December 2009.
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October 23, 1996 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Temple University President Peter Liacouras has decided not to charge outgoing African-American studies chairman Molefi Asante with "grave misconduct" for his actions toward an untenured assistant professor who claimed he plagiarized her work. But Liacouras did conclude that soured business dealings between Asante and his onetime star pupil, assistant professor Ella Forbes, "sufficiently tainted" the review of Forbes' application for a permanent faculty position. "Once Dr. Asante entered into the external business relationship with Dr. Forbes . . . a potential conflict of interest within the university was created," Liacouras wrote in his decision.
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February 18, 1993 | By Sonia R. Lelii, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An administrative hearing for a police officer who was acquitted of charges that he made obscene phone calls to the Deptford Mall has gotten underway, with both sides arguing over procedure. Michael Gallo, 30, faces charges of misconduct that may result in the loss of his job as a police officer, even though a municipal court judge dismissed harassment charges against him early this month. A two-hour hearing Tuesday was closed. Afterward, Stuart J. Alterman, Gallo's attorney, said he had asked the township manager, Bradley Blubaugh, to remove himself as the hearing officer because of an alleged friendship with Police Chief Raymond Milligan.
NEWS
April 29, 2008
The last thing you expect when you put your money in a bank is to have it rob you. But robbed is how thousands of Wachovia Bank customers must be feeling today. Wachovia, the biggest bank in the Philadelphia region, engaged in a "pattern of misconduct" that enabled fraudulent telemarketers to steal millions of dollars from unsuspecting customers, according a probe by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The telemarketers targeted mainly elderly people, offering them identity protection, medical discounts, grants and other products in return for a fee that the telemarketers would obtain directly from the customer's bank account.
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May 1, 1992 | By Timothy Cornell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Chester County judge yesterday admitted that he fraternized with law- enforcement officials at his favorite restaurant at lunch time, but denied that he committed "extra-judicial misconduct" by allowing jurors in a controversial murder case to see him doing so. Judge Leonard Sugerman was testifying during an unusual hearing on an appeal by Andrew Byrne of his murder conviction on charges of killing his wife. The defense alleges that the jurors, who also ate lunch at La Cocotte in West Chester, saw Sugerman socializing with a key prosecution witness during the trial.
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June 19, 2008 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A panel of federal judges, including Gov. Rendell's wife, has been appointed to conduct a judicial-misconduct inquiry of a well-known California judge caught up in a flap about sexually explicit images on a Web site bearing his name. The investigation will focus on Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which handles federal appeals for Western states, Hawaii, and Alaska. Kozinski asked for the inquiry after the Los Angeles Times reported last week that sexually explicit photos and videos were on the Web site, http://alex.
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April 20, 2002 | By Nora Koch INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A former Camden police officer who pleaded guilty to official misconduct was spared a prison term yesterday after an emotional outpouring of support by friends and family members. Superior Court Judge Frank M. Lario Jr. said he was impressed by the pleas for mercy, as well as by the many letters he received in behalf of Carmen Santiago, of Camden. He ordered her to be put on the sheriff's supervised work program for 270 days, serve 600 hours of community service, and be on probation for four years.
NEWS
May 28, 2010
I have never experienced a more egregious abuse of the criminal-justice system by a prosecutor than what was orchestrated by former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham in filing murder charges against William Barnes for the death of Walter Barclay. To pursue an official charge of homicide involving a death that occurred 41 years after the original injury without having a complete autopsy performed and before obtaining and thoroughly reviewing all of the victim's medical and hospital records is truly incomprehensible and connotes serious professional negligence - if not personal malevolence.
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August 31, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Coatesville Police Department has suspended a high-ranking officer amid allegations of misconduct, according to the Coatesville City Council president. Joseph Hamrick said Wednesday that the council received word of the probe after the officer was put on paid administrative leave Aug. 22. Sources familiar with the investigation but who are not authorized to comment identified the officer as Lt. Chris McEvoy. They said he was accused of fraternizing inappropriately with a subordinate.
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August 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
After lawyers for Anthony Wright - who was acquitted of rape and murder Tuesday - accused homicide detectives of coercing a false confession, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has promised to investigate any "evidence of specific misconduct" by police. Wright was found not guilty in the 1991 slaying of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman in a retrial resulting from new DNA tests that proved he was not the rapist. After the verdict, Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project of New York called for an independent investigation of all convictions of young black men who were prosecuted using evidence developed by the detectives in Wright's case.
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June 12, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer has been charged with filing false police reports and simple assault in two incidents in Camden over the last year, leading prosecutors to dismiss 18 cases in which he was involved. County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said her office had tossed cases in which Officer Douglas Dickinson would have been the only witness called to testify. She said in a statement that her office was still reviewing the officer's work and expected more dismissals. "Our office has a legal obligation to dismiss cases tainted by the possibility of police misconduct," Colalillo said.
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March 12, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, STAFF WRITER
Temple University Thursday appointed a new senior adviser to oversee sexual assault complaints, as well as diversity and equity issues on the 39,000-student campus. "Campus sexual misconduct is one of the most important issues facing higher education today, and it is imperative that we take immediate steps to improve reporting of these incidents and reduce the incidence of sexual assault on our campus," Temple President Neil D. Theobald said. The appointment is the final piece that was recommended last summer by a university task force on the handling of sexual misconduct cases on campus, Theobald said.
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January 5, 2016
DERRY, N.H. - One day before former president Bill Clinton arrives in New Hampshire to campaign for his wife, Hillary Clinton, she was confronted with questions about allegations involving his sexual history at a town hall meeting in the state on Sunday. Republican State Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien repeatedly interrupted Clinton during the meeting, which was held in a middle school gymnasium. Prudhomme-O'Brien has for years followed the former first lady, peppering her with questions about allegations of past sexual misconduct by Bill Clinton.
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December 10, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Craig R. McCoy, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
A judicial ethics panel filed misconduct charges against Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin on Tuesday, saying he had "detracted from the dignity of his office" by his involvement in the Porngate scandal. The decision by the state Judicial Conduct Board all but assures that Eakin will face a public trial before the Court of Judicial Discipline. That panel will weigh the allegations against him and, if it finds him guilty, impose punishment that could range from a reprimand to removal from the bench.
NEWS
November 20, 2015
HARD TO BELIEVE that Porngate, the revelation that highly placed state officials - and more than one Supreme Court justice - have routinely and frequently swapped pornographic emails, is a little over a year old. Rather than dying a quiet death, it just keep getting porn-ier . . . and more outrageous. The porn swapped among state officials, including many in the Attorney General's Office, were not just naughty pictures. They include raunchy, XXX-rated, disgusting images that demean and dehumanize women and minorities.
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November 14, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania share the same West Philadelphia neighborhood, but their stands on honorary degrees they awarded to embattled entertainer Bill Cosby are decidedly different. Joining a growing number of universities across the country, Drexel on Thursday revoked the degree it gave to Cosby in 1992. "The misconduct by Bill Cosby that came to light through his sworn deposition testimony stands in clear opposition to Drexel's values," Drexel president John A. Fry wrote to the Drexel community Thursday.
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November 13, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ADD DREXEL University to the list of colleges and universities distancing themselves from entertainer and accused serial rapist Bill Cosby. University president John Fry said yesterday that Drexel has revoked Cosby's honorary degree. "The misconduct by Bill Cosby that came to light through his sworn deposition testimony stands in clear opposition to Drexel's values. As a result, the University has revoked the honorary Drexel degree bestowed upon Mr. Cosby in 1992," Fry wrote in a statement posted on the university's website and included in a newsletter sent to faculty and staff.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six days after a jury convicted Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. on federal bank- and tax-fraud charges, he has asked the U.S. Justice Department to launch a formal investigation into the possibility that prosecutorial misconduct may have tainted his case. Fattah, in a letter Wednesday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, said his constitutional rights were violated when the lead investigator in the case tipped off an Inquirer reporter in 2012 to FBI raids at Fattah's Ritz-Carlton condo and offices at Logan Square.
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August 15, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University said Thursday that it would add training, revise its student code of conduct, and take other steps to better handle sexual assaults on campus. The announcement by president Neil D. Theobald came nearly a year after he appointed a committee to study Temple's handling of sexual misconduct, and comes amid a backdrop of universities under scrutiny for their sexual-assault policies and procedures. The committee was formed after the U.S. Department of Education said Temple was among 55 colleges under investigation for their handling of sexual assaults and harassment on campus.
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