While pot arrests are up in the suburbs, police have been overstating the trend in figures filed with the FBI. Top commanders acknowledge their departments have been counting all seizures of marijuana as arrests, even when people were sent on their way uncharged or only handed citations.
While Philadelphia has largely decriminalized marijuana possession, police in South Jersey and in the city's Pennsylvania suburbs are charging more people than ever with the crime. For some, critics say, that means they run a kind of gantlet from suburban town to suburban town.
In a rare event, a top supervisor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office asked a judge to permit family and friends of a robbery defendant back into a courtroom. Fearful of witness intimidation, the assistant district attorney handling the case had asked that they be ordered out during the testimony of the alleged victim. A spokesman for District Attorney Larry Krasner says the supervisor was worried that the judge had committed a legal error in ordering the spectators to leave - thus creating grounds for an appeal.
After Sean McIlmail died of drug overdoes, his family sued the Archdiocese of Philadelphia over allegations that McIlmail had been molested for four years as a young boy. The case has now been settled. But is only the sixth such civil suit to be resolved - a reflection of Pennsylvania's narrow legal window permitting lawsuits.
Lawyers for chef Jose Garces and two early investors argued in court Monday about whether Garces had the authority to seek bankruptcy protection. Earlier Monday, a judge permitted Garces to give modest bonuses to about 30 employees to retain them in the runup to a possible auction of his troubled restaurant empire
The revelation that the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has for months maintained a secret list of suspect police officers sent defense lawyers scrambling Tuesday, confirming for the first time what many of them had long suspected and eliciting questions about how District Attorney Larry Krasner would manage it moving forward.
Antifa adherents are especially strong in Philadelphia.. While the right denounces them, they present a thornier puzzle for the left: do they check the most ugly tendencies of the far right or are they an authoritarian bloc whose violence and street theater is a gift to Trump?
Longtime Chestnut Hill Academy teacher Bill Kershaw, a sexual predator, had access to boys at five schools in two states for years. Now the Philadelphia private schools that employed him grapple with telling alumni what the school knew and when.
Craig R. McCoy is a member of the Inquirer investigative team. His reporting has examined police mistreatment of rape victims, corruption among Pennsylvania public officials, the high dismissal rate in the Philadelphia criminal courts, among other issues. He has been awarded the I.F. Stone Medal, the Selden Ring Award, the Roy Howard Award and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.