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.
January 23, 2016 |
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.
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.
January 12, 2016 |
As he stood behind a podium to announce charges against Bill Cosby, Kevin Steele was not yet the Montgomery County District Attorney. But it was perhaps the biggest announcement of his career. Still, Steele stuck to a script, cutting off questions after 10 minutes. Later, he sent another prosecutor to represent the office at Cosby's arraignment, the first hearing in the case. It was clear he was a man with a lot on his plate. Formally sworn in last Monday, Steele is a quiet career prosecutor who colleagues say is more comfortable in the background than the spotlight.
January 11, 2016
George Parry is a former state and federal prosecutor practicing law in Philadelphia I first met Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina in 2011 when he and Deputy Attorney General Pat Blessington (my former colleague from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office) were investigating the House Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania legislature regarding its use of state resources to conduct political campaigns. I was one of a cadre of lawyers retained by the caucus to represent its House members and staffers.
January 6, 2016 |
A judge who served as a prosecutor in Philadelphia and Montgomery County will preside over the trial of state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Wendy Demchick-Alloy was chosen by Montgomery County Court President Judge William J. Furber Jr. last month to replace him in the case. Furber said in a Dec. 14 news release that his increasing responsibilities as president judge and other duties would prevent him "from devoting sufficient time to the proper handling of this case. " Demchick-Alloy has been a judge since 2010.
December 26, 2015 |
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that they would not bring criminal charges against Diana Rubens, the director of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, who is accused of orchestrating her own transfer to the job and costing the government nearly $300,000 in moving expenses. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced its decision in a brief statement. It did not elaborate on the reasons or say what charges it had considered. "The U.S. Attorney's Office today notified the VA's Office of the Inspector General of this decision and referred the matter to the VA for any administrative action that is deemed appropriate," spokesman Bill Miller said.
December 25, 2015 |
Diane Marano's 25 years as an assistant prosecutor in Camden County's juvenile unit made her an expert in her field. As she neared retirement, however, she started Ph.D. studies, adding more depth to the topic she knew so intimately. Her research - focusing on the relationship between young offenders and guns - became the basis of her recent book Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence . At 64, Marano now teaches at Rutgers-Camden. In the spring, she will teach two classes: Youth and Juvenile Justice, and Perspectives on Youth Violence.
December 18, 2015 |
In front of a national TV audience Tuesday night, Gov. Christie kept returning to one phrase to promote his presidential credentials: "As a former federal prosecutor ... . " The second-term New Jersey governor, who rose to national prominence by battling unions and responding to a natural disaster, has increasingly been promoting his previous job on the campaign trail. He has opened recent events by focusing on national security, noting his experience as U.S. attorney for New Jersey after the Sept.
December 15, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will formally announce the appointment of Sozi Pedro Tulante as Philadelphia's next city solicitor. An assistant U.S. Attorney since 2010, Tulante has been making the rounds at City Hall introducing himself as Kenney's intended pick for the position. Kenney will make his formal announcement at a City Hall news conference Monday. Tulante was born and spent most of his childhood in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, before his family came to the United States as political refugees in 1983.