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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.
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October 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
WHILE THE JUDGE said yesterday that it was "a horrible case" and that the three defendants were not "Boy Scouts," he barred the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office from retrying the men for the 2002 torture murder and robbery of a drug dealer. It was a stunning legal victory for a trio of defendants who - according to trial testimony - wrapped their victim's limbs and mouth in duct tape, beat him, placed a heated kitchen knife on his penis and other body parts, and shot him in the head.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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October 11, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Invoking a rarely used provision of criminal law, a Philadelphia judge dismissed murder charges Thursday against three men in a 2002 execution-style slaying, ruling that prosecutorial misconduct in their 2006 trial was so egregious that they should not be retried. "It's a horrible case," Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner called the charges against Aquil Bond, Jawayne K. Brown, and Richard Brown. He said he was not suggesting they were innocent. "Our system was designed to protect the rights not only of the innocent," Lerner said, "but the guilty, when they are denied the elements of a fair trial.
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October 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
WHILE THE JUDGE said yesterday that it was "a horrible case" and that the three defendants were not "Boy Scouts," he barred the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office from retrying the men for the 2002 torture murder and robbery of a drug dealer. It was a stunning legal victory for a trio of defendants who - according to trial testimony - wrapped their victim's limbs and mouth in duct tape, beat him, placed a heated kitchen knife on his penis and other body parts, and shot him in the head.
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October 3, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AN EX-COP who was fired last year has filed a lawsuit claiming his bosses retaliated against him for reporting alleged corruption and says he was discriminated against because he is white. Gerald Passalacqua, a former officer with the Narcotics Field Unit-South who had been with the department about 20 years, filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against the city, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and others on the police force. The lawsuit claims he was falsely accused of taking $880 during a narcotics unit search of a South Philly drug house in September 2012.
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June 27, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
AN IMPASSIONED judge of elections from Strawberry Mansion let loose on City Commissioner Stephanie Singer yesterday, accusing her of everything from voter intimidation to creating havoc and lawlessness at a polling place during the May primary election. "My community - my division - will never heal from this," Judge of Elections Bonita Cummings said during a City Commissioners' election board hearing yesterday. Cummings, a committeewoman in the 28th Ward and judge of elections in the ward's 6th division, was one of several witnesses from election boards who testified about complaints of Election Day impropriety.
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January 26, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delsea's Sal Marchese, one of South Jersey's most successful football coaches, has been placed on administrative leave pending a Board of Education investigation into possible academic misconduct, a source close to the situation told The Inquirer on Friday. Marchese has been Delsea's coach for 21 seasons. He was named the Brooks Irvine Memorial Football Club's Coach of the Year after last season, when Delsea won its second consecutive South Jersey Group 3 championship. The administrative leave, a suspension with pay, stems from accusations of irregularities in testing in a health and physical education class in November, the source said.
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December 13, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
POLICE IN A Bucks County town acted appropriately when they stun-gunned a handcuffed teen fleeing arrest, prosecutors announced yesterday. Joseph Williams, 14, was handcuffed on suspicion of shoplifting and was fleeing arrest on foot when Tullytown cops shot him with a stun gun last month. His scraped-up mug made the rounds on social-media networks after his mother blamed his injuries on a police thrashing. Police maintained that the ninth-grader's face-first fall caused all the damage, including a broken nose.
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October 31, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspended Paulsboro High School biology teacher was found guilty Tuesday of official misconduct and luring for sending sexual messages in 2009 and 2010 to one of his students using a MySpace account on which he posed as a boy. Michael Furey, 49, of West Deptford, was found guilty by Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall of second-degree official misconduct and third-degree luring. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 29. Marshall also revoked Furey's $50,000 bail, placing him in jail pending sentencing.
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July 4, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lawnside police lieutenant was charged Tuesday with official misconduct after he allegedly failed to notify authorities of a suspect's confession   about   his role in a Salem County homicide, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. Lloyd Lewis, 44, the highest- ranking member of department, also was charged with tampering with evidence and public records. The accusation stems from an alleged   exchange five years ago between Lewis and Lee Williams Jr., who was then wanted in connection with the homicide.
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June 19, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Washington Township police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to official misconduct, falsifying records, and other offenses stemming from a traffic stop last summer of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D., Gloucester). Joseph DiBuonaventura, a 17-year veteran of the force, wrote in a police report that he stopped Moriarty on July 31 on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville after the legislator cut him off. He said he smelled alcohol on Moriarty's breath and ordered him out of the car. Video footage from DiBuonaventura's car showed his vehicle parked on the median and then his chasing Moriarty.
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