Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield was first accused in Philadelphia of molesting a minor and enabling the abuse of others - charges he strenuously denied. Church officials announced his resignation Thursday as bishop of a West Virginia diocese and launched a probe into "allegations of sexual harassment of adults."
As McCord prepares to be sentenced Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III for his crimes, the key to his punishment is how much credit he will receive for his cooperation with federal authorities and how happy prosecutors were with his performance as a government witness.
While he did not outline any concrete steps that the Vatican would take, Pope Francis begged forgiveness for the suffering endured by victims and called for prayer and penitence to atone for the "sins" of the wider church.
Philadelphia wasn't a focus of the landmark grand jury report Attorney Josh Shapiro released Tuesday, accusing hundreds of Catholic priests of sexual abuse over decades involving more than 1,000 purported victims. But it was inevitable there would be links to the state's largest city and only archdiocese.
The 2016 Supreme Court decision raised the bar for prosecutors seeking to prove cases of political graft and has toppled a number of high-profile corruption convictions across the country in the two years since.
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain denounced Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" status as dangerous and blamed it for "foster[ing] mistrust between the community and local law enforcement" by favoring undocumented immigrants. "If it turns out by playing favorites that you're allowing children to get raped, my office is going to have a big problem with that," he said.
Adrian Rubin's lawyer said he once viewed people who took out payday loans as "beggars" who wasted their income on "tattoos and cigarettes." Now, the Jenkintown businessman maintains he sees them as financially vulnerable people instead of a source of profit.
George Hadley was baffled five years ago after discovering a treasured family heirloom listed on the website of the auction house Christie's before he had even known it was missing. But Monday the mystery of how his 2-foot bronze cast of "The Kiss" - one of sculptor Auguste Rodin's most recognizable works - landed in the hands of the New Jersey woman offering it up for sale moved one step closer to a solution.
A federal appellate court on Friday denied Main Line payday lending pioneer Charles M. Hallinan's last-ditch request to stave off his 14-year prison sentence, leaving him few options - and even less time - to avoid a looming deadline requiring him to surrender to authorities next week.
Isaac Kannah lied on the witness stand about fighting alongside children as young as 15 and with a fighting force that killed innocent children. Now, he's agreed to leave the country to avoid prison time in the United States.
Main Line payday lending pioneer Charles M. Hallinan must report to prison next week, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, days after defense lawyers argued that putting the ailing 77-year-old behind bars would be akin to signing his death warrant.
An Algerian-born al-Qaeda operative who recruited Montgomery County's Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose and others in a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist pleaded guilty Monday and agreed to accept a 15-year prison term, bringing an end to one of Philadelphia's longest running terrorism investigations.
Jeremy Roebuck covers federal courts and law enforcement.