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February 20, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The Somerset County, N.J., prosecutor was replaced abruptly Thursday, one day after a group of highly influential political leaders criticized the county's investigation of the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce. Geoffrey Soriano, who had served as prosecutor since 2010, will be succeeded by Michael Robertson, a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, N.J. Robertson, of Basking Ridge, N.J., will start his new job March 7. The 2014 deaths of the Sheridans in their Montgomery Township home were ruled a murder-suicide, a conclusion that outside experts and Sheridan friends and family members have said was the result of a botched six-month criminal investigation led by Soriano.
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February 11, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday that the fatal shooting last July by Camden County Police officers of a man holding a BB gun was justified, a ruling that frustrated the man's family. The Prosecutor's Office said Oscar Camacho Jr., 33, pointed the weapon, which was black and had a brown handle, at an officer and ignored orders to drop it before the officer and a sergeant opened fire. Sgt. Keith Henderson, a 10-year veteran, fired 16 times, striking Camacho "multiple times," authorities said.
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February 5, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
A federal prosecutor from Philadelphia has been named acting pardon attorney for the Department of Justice, the agency said in a statement Wednesday. Robert A. Zauzmer, who currently oversees appeals for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will now review executive clemency requests sent to President Obama. Upon Zauzmer's recommendation and that of the deputy attorney general, Obama can decide whether to pardon or commute sentences for inmates serving time for federal crimes.
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January 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors Friday unsealed an indictment charging a Wynnewood doctor with Social Security fraud. Frederick Douglas Burton, 67, of the Burton Wellness & Injury Center on City Avenue in Wynnewood, has been charged with two counts of mail fraud and attempted mail fraud. He is accused of defrauding the Social Security Administration by signing and sending letters on behalf of another doctor, Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel, of Lehigh County. The two letters, sent in the fall of 2013 to a law firm that helps clients obtain Social Security disability benefits, falsely contended that Burton had been treating Von Kiel for about seven years, and that Von Kiel suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was unable to work, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.
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January 31, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Hours before he was convicted on federal bank and tax fraud charges last year, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. vowed there wasn't going to be any apologizing. "I don't care if I get five years, 10 years, 20 years," he told reporters as the jury deliberated nearby. "Every lawyer I know says I'm going to win this case on appeal. " Now, scheduled for a sentencing hearing next week, the 33-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) may care a great deal more about the prison term he is facing.
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January 29, 2016
A 39-year-old Atlantic County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a 38-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son, after burning down the home the three of them had shared, the prosecutor's office said. Joseph F. Palmer 3rd, of Egg Harbor City, faces at least 51 years in prison for the deaths of Michelle Pabst and Gavin Pabst, said Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain. Firefighters put out a fire at the residence in the 200 block of Washington Avenue on Nov. 12, 2014, and found the bodies of the mother and son inside.
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January 28, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
Longtime Philadelphia prosecutor Ed McCann will become the second-in-command at the Montgomery County District Attorney's office as it prepares for two of the biggest trials in county history. District Attorney Kevin Steele announced McCann's hiring as his first assistant Tuesday. "Ed brings tremendous experience to our prosecutorial team as well as strong leadership and managerial skills that will benefit the citizens of Montgomery County," Steele said in statement. McCann, 52,resigned in November from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he spent 26 years and rose to the position of first assistant.
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January 26, 2016
CALIFORNIA Officials say bomb was poorly made A bomb left behind by the couple responsible for the December attack in San Bernardino, Calif., failed because it was poorly constructed, two law-enforcement officials said Monday. One of the officials said Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik drove around San Bernardino after the shootings at the social services center. They stayed close to the site of the shooting, apparently trying to detonate the remote-controlled bomb. The officials were briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly.
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January 23, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's newly appointed special prosecutor, charged with investigating the so-called Porngate scandal, is running into opposition from Kane's top aides. Letters made public Thursday revealed that Kane's second-in-command, Bruce Beemer, who has been increasingly at odds with her, has demanded that the special prosecutor return 850,000 emails that are central to his investigation. The prosecutor, Douglas F. Gansler, a former attorney general of Maryland, has refused, the letters revealed.
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January 15, 2016
James Browning Jr., 83, who led the prosecution of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst during a sensational 1976 trial, died Tuesday in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley after a fall. Mr. Browning was born in Globe, Ariz., in 1932 and attended law school in San Francisco before becoming the prosecutor in San Mateo County. He was appointed U.S. attorney in Northern California by then-President Richard M. Nixon. He rose to even greater prominence when he prosecuted the case against Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and joined their cause.
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