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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.
NEWS
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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May 3, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A grand jury has indicted a Washington Township police officer on charges of tampering with records, falsifying records, and official misconduct, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday, stemming from the officer's arrest of Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D., Gloucester) in a July traffic stop. Joseph DiBuonaventura, 42, arrested Moriarty on July 31 on drunken-driving and other charges. If convicted of all charges, DiBuonaventura could face decades in prison. Moriarty said in an interview he felt vindicated by the indictment of the officer.
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February 23, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state's Judicial Conduct Board filed formal charges Friday against a Lancaster County Magisterial District Judge, who had pleaded guilty to fixing her own traffic tickets. In November, 2010, Judge Kelly S. Ballentine received three summary traffic citations totaling $268.50 - two for parking violations and one for an expired registrations for a BMW sedan. Ballentine entered the court's computer system and dismissed her tickets. She pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to tampering with public records.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
JOSE DURAN thought he'd find justice after releasing a video that showed narcotics officers cutting wires to his surveillance cameras before they allegedly looted his bodega. Instead, Duran has lost his business, his livelihood, his home, his dignity. "It makes me angry. They stole my future. Everything," Duran said in a recent interview. "They must think I'm nobody. I believed in the American dream, and now I see that it's not. The cops - they stole it from me. " The Daily News obtained the video of the Sept.
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January 24, 2013 | By Richard Lardner, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Likening sexual assault in the Air Force's ranks to a cancer, the service's top officer resolved Wednesday to tackle the problem by screening personnel more carefully and putting an end to bad behaviors like binge drinking that can lead to misconduct. But Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, underscored the challenge by telling a House oversight committee that the service recorded a disturbing number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct after a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Former State Rep. Bill DeWeese appealed his corruption conviction Tuesday, alleging judicial errors and prosecutorial misconduct. In the appeal, filed in Superior Court, DeWeese (D., Greene) contended that the trial judge erred by limiting the number of defense witnesses who testified and refusing to let his lawyer challenge a prosecution witness' credibility. He also said prosecutors committed misconduct at his preliminary hearing by selectively reading parts of his grand jury testimony.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Sari Horwitz, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The top federal prosecutor in New Orleans, the longest-serving U.S. attorney in the country, resigned Thursday amid an investigation into possible prosecutorial misconduct by two of his top deputies. Jim Letten, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, announced his resignation at a news conference. In an emotional speech, he praised the office and said he would stay on briefly to help with the transition to new leadership. The resignation comes eight months into a scandal that led to a Justice Department investigation of Letten's top deputy and a second veteran prosecutor in connection with anonymous online criticism of the target of a federal inquiry.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Colwyn police Cpl. Trevor Parham was acquitted today of simple assault and official oppression for Tasering a 16-year-old boy who was shackled to a bench in a holding cell. Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Kevin F. Kelly said that regardless of whether Parham's actions were appropriate in a civil or departmental context, they did not rise to the level of criminal misconduct. Much of the testimony during the two-day trial - for which Parham, 40, waived his right to a jury - centered on departmental policies on arrest and use of force.
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