September 16, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors and FBI agents have subpoenaed financial information from five Philadelphia judges, sought campaign-donation records, and interviewed judges and political figures as part of a wide-ranging investigation over the last year, The Inquirer has learned. Court officials and lawyers said they were unsure of the investigation's focus. Two people said the FBI questioned them about what they called possible "fixing cases. " A third said agents asked about "pay-to-play," the long-standing practice of campaign donors getting favors from public officials.
September 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Municipal Judge Joseph Waters Jr. resigned from the bench yesterday and is expected to plead guilty today in federal court to wire- and mail-fraud charges, a source familiar with the case told the Daily News . Waters will admit that he attempted to influence a case being heard by one of his judicial colleagues, the source said. Waters, a former Philadelphia Police Department captain who was appointed to the bench in 2009 by then-Gov. Ed Rendell, declined to comment about his abrupt resignation and his intentions for court today.
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.
August 15, 2014 |
THREE Ironworkers Union members who were charged in a 10-defendant racketeering-conspiracy indictment in February are expected to plead guilty, including two accused of setting fire to a Quaker meetinghouse construction site. James Walsh, William Gillin and Francis Sean O'Donnell are expected to enter guilty pleas at hearings in September, according to court documents filed yesterday and their attorneys. Walsh was the union's "hit man" and Gillin was part of the "hit team," the indictment said.
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 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.
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.
June 8, 1986
Each of us is afforded one life. Needless to say it is most precious. However, and unfortunately, there are those individuals in our society who think categorically nothing of putting a gun to your head, pulling the trigger and taking that most precious life away from you. It is axiomatic to me that anyone who commits a heinous crime most assuredly deserves to be executed. No doubt about it. Some criminals actually have stated that they should be executed for their heinous acts but a couple of Supreme Court justices disagree.