Federal sentencing guidelines make no distinction between a defendant who stored bombs in his home for an impending terrorist attack and someone like Bakhtiyor Jumaev, who despite having expressed pro-jihadi views on the internet had done relatively little to act upon them.
An Algerian-born al-Qaeda operative accused of recruiting Montgomery County's infamous "Jihad Jane" in a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish artist has told a federal court in Philadelphia that he intends to plead guilty to terrorism charges, prosecutors said Thursday.
The federal judge overseeing the NFL's landmark settlement with its former players for concussion-related ailments said Wednesday that she found "sufficient evidence of probable fraud" from those seeking payouts to "warrant serious concern." But she denied - for now - a league request to appoint a special investigator to hunt down those gaming the system.
The 63-year-old scion of one of Philadelphia's most enduring political dynasties was sentenced Thursday to 6 years and 10 months in federal prison for bleeding more than $2 million from a publicly funded mental health and substance abuse clinic she ran with her husband, a Democratic ward leader and felon.
As it turns out, there was no stolen bitcoin. Prosecutors blamed the purported thief for exaggerating his technical prowess. And the amount he allegedly stole - a sum investigators once estimated to be in the millions - was pegged in court Tuesday as barely more than $150.
Swedesboro's Red Hen restaurant has no affiliation with similarly named dining spot in Lexington, Va. But the latter's decision to refuse service Friday to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made for a rough weekend for the Gloucester County restaurant.
Prosecutors allege that Thomas Woewiyu of Collingdale, a 72-year-old grandfather who has legally resided in the United States for a half-century, oversaw unspeakable atrocities in the early '90s during the first Liberian civil war.
Of all the crimes that federal prosecutors have sought to lay at the feet of Thomas Woewiyu - the 72-year-old Delaware County man on trial in Philadelphia for purportedly hiding his past as a top lieutenant to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor - his alleged involvement with conscription of children most closely ties him to the worst excesses of that brutal conflict.
Jeremy Roebuck covers federal courts and law enforcement.