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June 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
When officers found Andrea McQueen in a snowbank at the scene of a car crash in March, the Coatesville woman was calling out the same words again and again: "My baby. My baby. " Only after police searched along the Chester County road did they realize a child hadn't been ejected from the woman's vehicle. McQueen, who survived the crash, was screaming for the baby she had been carrying for 27 weeks and two days. The driver who hit McQueen while allegedly driving drunk at 113 m.p.h., Remington Simmons, now faces a charge several prosecutors said was rarely used by their offices: murder of an unborn child.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in seven years, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office has taken over the day-to-day operations of the Clayton Police Department. County officials say the circumstances of the two takeovers are very different. The first, in 2007, came after former Chief Frank Winters and his wife were charged with stealing more than $150,000 from the New Jersey branch of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The recent takeover happened quietly on May 14, after Chief Dennis Marchei took a leave of absence for what county officials have said were personal reasons.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A veteran Superior Court judge nominated to take over as the Camden County prosecutor will be the first woman to lead that office if confirmed. Mary Eva Colalillo, 62, of Haddonfield, is currently a presiding judge in the chancery division sitting in Camden County, and was the first woman there to hold that position. Colalillo - with experience in litigating civil and criminal cases - has been nominated to take the place of Warren Faulk, whose five-year term was extended into a sixth year pending a new appointment.
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she retired in 2005 as a district justice in Perkasie in central Bucks County, Ruth C. Dietrich was not ready to hang up her black robe. So she applied to state court officials to substitute as needed in the state's minor judiciary. Dietrich's first assignment the next year was Philadelphia's Traffic Court and, as she told a federal jury Tuesday, it was quickly clear she was not in Perkasie anymore. Testifying at the ticket-fixing trial of six former Traffic Court judges and a Center City businessman, Dietrich, 79, told the jury how Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary introduced her to the concept of "consideration.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AS SIX FORMER Traffic Court judges await trial, city officials announced yesterday that in the new Traffic Court - the one without entrenched corruption and ticket-fixing for the politically connected - the city will pay for four assistant district attorneys and 10 paralegals to lead prosecutions. In the past, police officers played the prosecutorial role, and officials said the shift will help professionalize the court, which was an independent entity until the state transferred control to the Philadelphia Municipal Court earlier this year.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office would take on new responsibility for prosecuting traffic violations under a proposal announced Monday as part of a series of efforts to root out corruption in the city's troubled Traffic Court. Four city prosecutors and 10 paralegals would be dispatched to handle at least 500 cases a day, replacing a system in which police officers often have served in the prosecutorial role. The shift should bring more uniformity to the outcomes of cases and provide an extra level of scrutiny, Mayor Nutter and District Attorney Seth Williams said in announcing the proposal Monday.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON A New Jersey appellate court has ruled against a former assistant Hunterdon County prosecutor's request for records that he says would bolster his claim that he was fired for protesting corruption by Christie administration officials. Ben Barlyn filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in 2012, claiming he was fired after objecting to a decision by the state Attorney General's Office to drop charges against three members of the county Sheriff's Office. State officials said the indictments were flawed.
SPORTS
May 2, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Franklin talked to an alleged rape victim in the days after the Vanderbilt undergraduate student reported the incident, confirms the deputy district attorney who is prosecuting four former football players charged with the crime last year. "He did," Tom Thurman said Wednesday in a telephone interview, referring to Franklin, now Penn State's football coach. "I think he and his wife called and said they were praying for her and thinking about her. "It was probably a pretty nice thing to do," Thurman said, "and it gets thrown up like this.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Monday that she would turn over to Philadelphia prosecutors all evidence from the controversial canceled sting investigation. Spokesman J.J. Abbott said the case file would be transferred to District Attorney Seth Williams this week. Last week, Kane, who closed the case without bringing charges, said she would not turn over the files until certain legal issues were resolved. Among other matters, the attorney general said she was concerned that Williams might face a conflict in taking on the case because he had been endorsed by two of the five Philadelphia Democrats who sources say were caught on tape taking money or gifts.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN - A 28-year-old man was shot in Camden by officers after he fired at them several times Friday night, authorities said Saturday. Four officers from the Camden County Police Department arrived just before 10 p.m. at the intersection of South 7th Street and Sycamore Street, in the Bergen Square section of the city, in response to a report of a man with a gun in Chestnut Court. When they arrived, the prosecutor's office said, they found James Dickerson, of Camden, who officers said drew his gun and fired "several shots.
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