Since proceedings against the fraternity brothers began in May, their lawyers have sought to shift the blame for 19-year-old Tim Piazza's death onto Tim Bream, who the defense has painted as the ultimate authority for what went on in the fraternity house that night.
A judge could rule as soon as Friday on whether enough evidence exists to allow the unusual prosecution to proceed to trial. The case has ignited a new level of debate surrounding fraternity culture, hazing, and reckless college drinking.
Michael Hoffner Sr., owner of the Brown Street Pub at 795 N. 24th St., pleaded guilty to 40 counts of wire fraud, telling a federal judge that he made the charges between September and December 2012 knowing that the cards used had been re-encoded with stolen credit card information.
A former aide to one of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's former political challengers pleaded guilty Tuesday to engaging in an alleged scheme that helped the congressman remove a rival to his re-election bid. Carolyn Cavaness, 34, of Ardmore, told a federal judge that she helped funnel $90,000 from Brady's campaign fund to the campaign coffers of his 2012 Democratic primary opponent, former Philadelphia Municipal Judge Jimmie Moore.
The decision Thursday by U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond to revoke Williams' bail and imprison him while he awaits formal sentencing in October surprised both the former district attorney and many in Philadelphia's larger legal community.
Jeremy Roebuck covers federal courts and law enforcement.