September 20, 2011 |
They've been identified in sworn testimony as taking part in the 2009 beating that ended in the death of Phillies fan David W. Sale Jr. But after a mistrial was declared Tuesday in the murder trial of Francis Kirchner, Charles Bowers, and James Groves, the question confronting a Philadelphia judge is whether the trio should go free because of what one defense attorney called prosecutorial misconduct. Common Pleas Court Judge Shelley Robins New declared the mistrial after four days of testimony, when a friend of the victim unexpectedly identified Kirchner, 30, as the man who made the fatal kick to Sale's head in the July 25, 2009, melee.
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.
July 27, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Attorneys for former House Speaker John Perzel and seven codefendants in a government-corruption case are accusing prosecutors of misconduct for destroying investigation notes they say show inconsistencies in witness statements. Common Pleas Court Judge Richard A. Lewis is considering the defendants' motion to dismiss all charges. He has not said when he will rule. Perzel (R., Phila.) and his codefendants are scheduled for trial in September on charges that they used tax dollars for political gain.
July 13, 2011 |
A University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor has filed a complaint with federal officials alleging that two of his colleagues, including the chair of Penn's psychiatry department, engaged in research misconduct by allowing their names to be placed on a study published 10 years ago that was ghostwritten by a "medical communications company. " The study, funded by what is now GlaxoSmithKline and the National Institutes of Health, looked at the impact of Glaxo's antidepressant drug Paxil on depression in patients with bipolar disorder.
July 12, 2011 |
A University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor has filed a complaint with the federal Office of Research Integrity charging that two of his colleagues engaged in research misconduct by allowing their names to be placed on a study published 10 years ago that was ghostwritten by a "medical communications company. " The study, which was funded by what is now GlaxoSmithKline and the National Institutes of Health, looked at the impact of GSK's antidepressant drug Paxil on depression in patients with bipolar disorder.
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.
April 19, 2011 |
Six weeks after arresting the Bucks County register of wills on corruption charges, prosecutors are investigating possible misconduct in the county sheriff's office, according to a county commissioner and the lawyer for a deputy sheriff. The deputy, Sgt. Gary Browndorf, has been asked to testify Thursday before a county grand jury examining "improprieties in the Sheriff's Department," said his attorney, Nino Tinari. Sheriff Edward J. Donnelly did not respond to two messages seeking comment Monday.
March 18, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The New Orleans Police Department has engaged in a wide-ranging pattern of misconduct including the excessive use of force and unconstitutional arrests, the Justice Department announced Thursday. In a lacerating report that followed an investigation requested by local officials, the Justice Department found the department had failed to adequately protect the city. There have been complaints about the department for years, but the difficulties reached a crescendo when unarmed people were shot amid the tumult of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.