December 7, 2011 |
RICHARD DeCoatsworth, a five-year veteran police officer who was hailed as a hero after being shot in the face by a suspect in 2007 but who more recently drew controversial headlines, left the force last week. DeCoatsworth, whose most recent assignment was with the Marine Unit, took disability retirement from the department after it was determined that injuries from the 2007 shooting prevented him from continuing to do police work, said spokesman Lt. Ray Evers. After he caught the shotgun blast to the face as a rookie cop in 2007, DeCoatsworth was invited to attend a February 2009 presidential speech.
January 9, 2004 |
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.
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.
October 23, 1996 |
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.
February 18, 1993 |
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.
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.
May 1, 1992 |
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.
June 19, 2008 |
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.
August 31, 2011 |
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.
April 20, 2002 |
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.