September 23, 2015 |
GRIFFIN CAMPBELL, the demolition contractor charged with six counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the June 2013 Market Street building collapse that killed six people and injured others, rejected a plea deal yesterday and said he will take his case to trial. "I reject the offer," Campbell, 51, confirmed to Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson. Campbell's trial is scheduled to begin next Tuesday with jury selection in a third-floor courtroom of the Criminal Justice Center.
September 5, 2015 |
A Bucks County judge said Thursday that it would take at least another month before he can rule on whether District Attorney David Heckler abused his discretion in deciding this year to not charge a Doylestown police officer with perjury. That officer, Keith Dietz, has been accused by defense attorney Eric Marttila of lying during the prosecution of Marttila's client Paul Bradberry. Bradberry was arrested by Dietz in March 2013 after questioning the need to show him a photo ID on West State Street in Doylestown, according to court records.
August 24, 2015 |
The keys to the shackles of a serial killer. The fragments of a dead man's gun. A "Stop Snitching" street sign. Crime-scene photos and courtroom sketches. Mass cards and thank-you notes. Into boxes it all went. After a dozen years as a city prosecutor, a dozen years gutting out the worst of the worst cases, a dozen years in the voracious maw, Brendan O'Malley had decided to move on. There is never an easy time to leave one's calling, and it was a decision the East Falls father of two had suffered through.
July 22, 2015 |
FORMER Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. remembers his office's 2005 investigation into claims of sexual misconduct by Bill Cosby. "At the time I thought he was guilty, and I certainly haven't changed my mind about that," said Castor, now a county commissioner. "His statements were vague and imprecise and not responsive to the questions. " Nonetheless, his office declined to file charges against Cosby, Castor said yesterday, due to a lack of forensics and alleged victim Andrea Constand's fuzzy recollection of the January 2004 night the alleged assault took place.
June 2, 2015 |
When a self-described cabal repeatedly engages in what the attorney general calls "brazenly illegal behavior" and pleads guilty to criminal acts, it is reasonable to expect its members will get some jail time. But not in the paradoxical world ruled by mega banks and paralyzed by fears that being too harsh with banks deemed too big to fail might implode the economy. Consequently, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Citigroup, and the Royal Bank of Scotland, which recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate international currency markets, will collectively pay only $5.7 billion in state, federal and foreign fines for a scam that ran six years and netted them $85 billion.
April 18, 2015 |
He is a self-described dirty cop with a suicide attempt in his past and a history of poor job performance, emotional instability, and lying under oath. The question now before for a jury is: Can anything former Philadelphia Police Officer Jeffrey Walker says be believed? Walker - the government's star witness in the federal corruption trial of six of his former narcotics squad colleagues - finished his testimony Thursday after three grueling days on the stand. By the end, the 46-year-old was clearly exhausted, his shoulders slumped and his head in his hands.
March 30, 2015 |
Lawyers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia have nearly doubled their use of the sparingly used prosecutorial discretion to close deportation cases this year, a new study shows. The trend, which grants relief from deportation to a larger pool of undocumented immigrants, won praise from some local immigration lawyers, and concern that it could end abruptly if President Obama's executive actions on immigration are nullified in the hotly contested federal court challenge playing out in Texas.
February 16, 2015 |
By all accounts, it was an accident. Cpl. Richard Schroeter had led countless classes in his 12 years as a Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor. He had taught the same class several times that week, always carefully unloading his weapon and following "the four cardinal rules of firearms safety," according to Montgomery County grand jury testimony. But on Sept. 30, Schroeter told investigators, he "did not perform a safety check of his Sig Sauer" pistol. When he squeezed the trigger, the five troopers sitting around a conference table "saw a flash, heard a sound, and saw Trooper Kedra jump," the grand jury wrote.
January 25, 2015 |
A part-time toll collector at the Walt Whitman Bridge is suspected of stealing $3,200 this month, but he may not be prosecuted. Since the money will be repaid by the agency that hires part-time collectors, officials of the Delaware River Port Authority said they had not decided whether to seek the arrest and prosecution of the Philadelphia man suspected of stealing the money. "It appears a theft of that magnitude has occurred," DRPA chief executive John Hanson said Thursday. "No decision has been made about prosecuting.
January 19, 2015 |
At one point during his fraud trial last week, Don Tollefson wanted to testify about a Skittles-eating contest. The prosecutor objected. The judge sent the jury out of the courtroom. For nearly an hour, the former sportscaster delved into yet another tale about his charity for poor children. Tollefson, who is serving as his own attorney, told a story to the judge that involved kids from his charity catching Skittles in their mouths. Out of nowhere, Tollefson said, one boy spoke a few words and expressed a desire to play professional hockey some day. "It's one of the moments I'll cherish for the rest of my life," he said.