A woman who accused a former president of Temple University's now-suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity of attempted rape felt "helpless" in his bedroom in February as he held her wrists, dug his knee into her thigh, and tried to force himself on her, she testified Thursday.
A pending murder case officially dissolved Tuesday when the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office decided not to appeal a judge's ruling that a former city detective had committed "outrageous" misconduct and irreparably tainted the investigation by developing unusual relationships with several key witnesses.
In last week's seizure, a narcotics detector dog smelled the drug inside barrels of iron oxide, leading officers to search and find 50 sealed bags of the white powdery substance, authorities said. Further testing helped officers identify the substance as fentanyl, which customs officials said could be sold for $34,000 per kilogram on the street.
In a closely watched case due to District Attorney Larry Krasner's campaign vow never to seek capital punishment, his office has agreed to not seek the death penalty for two men accused of fatally shooting a city police officer in 2015 if they admit to their crimes, according to the slain officer's relatives.
A former city public health employee admitted Monday that she fatally shot her onetime boyfriend in the head in 2016 as he was driving her around Germantown, after they allegedly had argued about whether to have a baby.
Officials from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the Defender Association of Philadelphia testified Wednesday in opposition to approving an algorithm that could change how those convicted of crimes in Pennsylvania are sentenced, saying that the formula would promote racial inequities and cement other existing flaws in a criminal justice system in need of reform.
Allegations of "widespread fraud" in the NFL's landmark concussion settlement agreement were aired Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia, as attorneys for both the league and the players argued over whether to appoint an independent investigator to help identify and handle potential instances of deception.
Meka Jackson, whose brother Antwine was shot dead in 2007, said she felt "disrespected" by the process that freed the man previously convicted of the killing, largely because she did not believe prosecutors had done enough to solicit input from her or her relatives.
Chris Palmer covers crime and law enforcement.