March 7, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Catholic priest on trial for allegedly molesting an altar boy in 1997 was suspended from ministry in 2011 after he twice gave deceptive answers during polygraph tests when asked about touching children's genitals, a prosecutor said yesterday. The revelation about the Rev. Andrew McCormick, 57, was made in court by Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp. It was made following the closing arguments by defense lawyer William J. Brennan and after the jury had been escorted from the room.
September 20, 2012 |
Philadelphia prosecutors scoffed Tuesday at a new claim by defense lawyers that they withheld evidence that might have helped Msgr. William J. Lynn at his landmark child-sex abuse and endangerment trial. The District Attorney's Office never received a formal statement or polygraph results suggesting that Lynn's codefendant, former priest Edward Avery, lied when he admitted sexually assaulting an altar boy, according to Hugh Burns, chief of the appeals unit. The accuser's testimony about the 1999 attack became a cornerstone of Lynn's trial.
September 19, 2012 |
Philadelphia prosecutors scoffed Tuesday at a new claim by defense lawyers that they withheld evidence that might have helped Msgr. William J. Lynn at his landmark child-sex abuse and endangerment trial. The District Attorney's Office never received a formal statement or polygraph results suggesting that Lynn's codefendant, former priest Edward Avery, had lied when he admitted sexually assaulting an altar boy, according to Hugh Burns, chief of the appeals unit. The accuser's testimony about the 1999 attack became a cornerstone of Lynn's trial.
December 22, 2011
Former Deputy Chief County Detective Edmund H.C. Justice has been chosen to replace Oscar Vance as head of Montgomery County's detectives, officials have announced. Vance will retire as chief on Jan. 17 after a 48-year career in law enforcement. He has spent the last 30 years as chief county detective. Justice will step up on Jan. 23, announced Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Justice served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970. He began his local law enforcement career in 1971 as a patrolman for the Horsham Township Police Department.
October 10, 2011 |
I'm not going to sit here and tell you Charles Zul would be a great Philly cop. All I know is that he was in the Police Explorers all through Father Judge, served as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan, and upon his discharge aimed straight for law enforcement. He's another candidate for the Philadelphia Police Department who was told he flubbed a mandatory lie-detector test. He joins Greg Thomas, his colleague in the fugitive-nabbing warrant unit of the city court system, and guys like Dominic "Anthony" Mallamaci, who for six years has been walking the beat in Brooklyn for the New York City police but was told his test results alone doomed his candidacy to serve in his hometown.
September 19, 2011 |
In high school, Greg Thomas dreamed of playing baseball, until he stopped growing at 5-foot-6. That's when he started thinking about law enforcement. "I loved how every day was different," he says, "how you get to interact with people, and figure them out, how you have to be able to determine the difference between truth and deception. " He left New Bedford, Mass., for La Salle University, where he got a criminal-justice degree, and he stayed in town for a master's at St. Joe's.
April 1, 2011
RE YOUR article last week on Philadelphia Eagle LeSean McCoy missing an event for the fans: I was willing to give him a second chance. My family and I are dedicated Eagles fans and were very excited to find out that Mr. McCoy was signing autographs at the Oaks Car Show on the weekend. As we waited to get his autograph, my young sons were eager to meet him. McCoy was very nice to them and even asked them questions. But a few minutes later, my oldest son said, "I can never be a fan of his again.
December 29, 2010 |
When the numbers were squared away, George Carty turned to his wife in the courtroom, put his hands together as if in prayer and said three words he's been longing to utter for years. "I'm coming home," he whispered before being led back to the Cape May County Jail a few miles away from the courthouse. In the hallway, Cheryl Carty danced on the tiled floor, simultaneously crying and laughing while hugging strangers. With the help of a bail bondsman, Cheryl hoped to have her husband, jailed without a trial since 2007 in a 28-year-old murder case, home "by supper," she said.
December 28, 2010 |
Saturday was George Carty's fourth Christmas in jail without a trial, but his attorney is hoping that a recent court decision may have the medical-school graduate out by 2011. Last week, the New Jersey Appellate Court in Trenton upheld a 2009 decision by Cape May County Superior Judge Raymond Batten to throw out statements Carty gave to investigators looking into the 1982 murder of John Attenborough, his former colleague and drinking buddy. Carty's attorney, Dave Stefankiewicz, hopes to have a hearing by week's end to address the former Scrabble wizard's $250,000 bail.
January 13, 2010 |
In an interview with an ESPN radio station in Chicago yesterday, Jose Canseco took issue with his former "Bash Brother" on the Athletics, Mark McGwire, insisting that McGwire had misremembered their days together in Oakland. Canseco challenged McGwire to take a public polygraph after McGwire again denied that Canseco ever injected him with steriods in the clubhouse toilet stall. "I want to see him call me a liar under a polygraph examination," Canseco said. McGwire said on MLB Network on Monday that Canseco made up that story in his 2005 book, Juiced.