October 21, 2014 |
JOHN LEWIS figures it started with his name. He has the same name as the baby-faced armed robber convicted of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Chuck Cassidy in 2007. So, when Lewis gave Officer Edward Sawicki III his name during a routine car stop in North Philadelphia on Jan. 31, 2012, Sawicki scowled. "Oh, so you want to be an assh---?" Sawicki yelled, according to Lewis, as he yanked him from the car. The next 10 minutes were a bloody blur: Lewis said that Sawicki and another officer beat him with their fists and batons until Sawicki ordered a third officer to fire up her Taser.
July 9, 2014 |
A pilot who spent 16 years ferrying the Philadelphia owners of Elmer's Glue and a collection of drug, energy, and manufacturing firms around the country in Gulfstream jets faces federal fraud charges after allegedly using credit cards and phony firms to drain $2.7 million from his bosses' accounts since 2006. Berwind Group , the Center City investment firm owned by heirs of one of the nation's great coal-mining fortunes, acknowledged that it had terminated its chief pilot and director of aviation, Kevin N. Boardman , and reported him earlier this year to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
July 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia Traffic Court's entrenched system of granting special consideration to friends, family, and political allies of judges may have been unethical, but it wasn't a crime, a federal jury appeared to say Wednesday as it acquitted five of the court's former jurists who were accused of participating in a ticket-fixing conspiracy. The verdict capped a five-year probe that took aim at the city's reputation as "corrupt and contented," and that led to the dismantling of the court - but its outcome called into question future government efforts to prosecute corruption where no bribery is involved.
February 1, 2013 |
A FEDERAL investigation into ticket-fixing as political favors in Philadelphia Traffic Court is expected to culminate Thursday morning with sweeping indictments of most of the current judges and some retired judges. Thomasine Tynes, who retired as the court's president judge in July, said that she expects a crowd in federal court when she shows up to surrender and be charged. "The whole court, as far as I was told," Tynes said Wednesday, when asked who else would be charged with crimes.
July 12, 2011 |
A raid of two clubhouses under the Market-Frankford El this morning was part of a federal crackdown today on a motorcycle gang whose "Mother Chapter" is alleged to be based in Philadelphia. About 6 a.m., agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms entered two Wheels of Soul buildings that sit across from each other in the 6100 block of Market Street. A federal indictment unsealed in St Louis this morning alleged that 18 Wheels of Soul associates from seven states - Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky - are suspected of involvement in murder, kidnapping, drug distribution and racketeering.
May 28, 1986
I believe some clarification is required regarding a May 6 Letter to the Editor about funding remedial programs at parochial schools. Considering that funding of such programs is lawfully intended for non- public as well as public students, the U.S. Supreme Court's questionable interpretation of the Constitution leaves no alternative other than the use of vans so that private school students may receive remedial instructions to which they...
August 24, 2012
Prosecutors have refiled felony sex-assault charges against a suspended Philadelphia priest, days after a judge dropped them for lack of evidence. A city judge found that the alleged victim's testimony at a preliminary hearing last week failed to support the most serious charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick, 56. The judge upheld misdemeanor charges, including indecent exposure and indecent assault. Prosecutors insist the priest's actions amounted to felony sexual assault.
May 20, 2014 |
UPDATE: 1:55 p.m.: Jury selection in this case has been postponed to Wednesday. The judge who was presiding over the case, Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly, is unavailable to preside at the trial because of illness, an order filed today by Chief Judge Petrese Tucker said. This case will now be heard by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel. Earlier story below ... IT'S TIME for the judges to be judged. Six former Traffic Court judges and two businessmen will head to federal court in Philadelphia this morning for jury selection in their trial on accusations that they participated in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme.
December 9, 1988 |
Justice William J. Brennan Jr., the Supreme Court's oldest and most liberal member, was admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital yesterday afternoon suffering from pneumonia, a court spokeswoman said. The announcement of Brennan's illness was made in a brief statement by the Supreme Court public information office. "Justice William Brennan was admitted to the Bethesda Naval Hospital with pneumonia," the statement said. "He is being treated with antibiotics and doctors expect him to respond very well.
February 2, 1990
REMOVE THE STAIN OF PREJUDICE In the last quarter-century, we in this country have taken the first steps toward a comprehensive definition of the constitutional idea of human dignity. We are, however, by no means finished. . . . Equality cannot exist where one person is free to stain another with the paints of prejudice and hate. These markings are not . . . indelible. They can be eliminated, and indeed must be under a constitution that promises all inhabitants equal protection of the laws.