In a Nov. 1 search warrant affidavit for Brady's firstname.lastname@example.org account, authorities - in their clearest language to date - allege Brady led a conspiracy to hide what they describe as an illegal campaign contribution and lay out the potential charges he might face - a list that includes wire fraud, lying to the FBI and conspiracy.
U.S. District Judge William Walls said that asking the jurors to continue their debate - even for a possible partial verdict - seemed like a "futile exercise" that could lead down a "slippery slope of coercion." He said he would like to interview the jury foreman, while Menendez's lawyer asked the judge for a mistrial.
Prosecutors say that Eric Troy Snell, 33, earned thousands of dollars serving as a conduit between corrupt members of a Baltimore police task force who stole the drugs and his brother, who sold them in Philadelphia. Investigators also have accused Snell of threatening the children of a Baltimore officer who pleaded guilty in the case.
The charges - including felony counts against five new defendants - significantly broadened what was already one of the largest hazing prosecutions in the nation's history and drew renewed attention to Piazza's Feb. 4 death after a booze-fueled fraternity initiation ritual. But swift condemnation from fraternity members and their supporters only highlighted the troubles that have plagued the case in recent months.
Midway through his testimony this week, Wheeler Neff - the Delaware lawyer whom federal prosecutors have labeled a co-architect of the business tactic that has enabled payday lenders to dodge government regulations for years - was finally asked the question he has waited to answer since the day he was indicted. His answer may prove key to unraveling the racketeering case against him and Main Line payday lending pioneer Charles Hallinan.
Here's how a Main Line payday lender used an Indian tribe and an empty computer server to make millions
Government lawyers concluded their racketeering case against payday lending pioneer Charles Hallinan on Thursday, after 21 days of testimony that painted him as a predator who capitalized on the financial distress of low-income borrowers to whom he loaned money at annual interest rates approaching 800 percent.
As for the question circling both Ken Smukler and Donald "D.A." Jones since they were charged Tuesday - whether the indictment might convince either to reverse course, agree to cooperate, and lead investigators one step closer to Brady - Smukler lawyer Brian McMonagle sent a clear signal with his statements.
U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond held little back as he lit into the city's fallen top prosecutor, giving him the harshest punishment allowable by law, and calling him a "criminal" who "fed his face at the trough" of public money.
Mohammed Jabateh, a 51-year-old father of five and owner of a Philadelphia-based international shipping company, is the first person found guilty of crimes tied to the numerous documented atrocities that occurred during the protracted, multi-faction civil war that ravaged Liberia between 1989 and 1997.
A war of words concluded the unusual trial that has played out in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia over eight days - as closely followed here in the West African hair salons and groceries that line Woodland Avenue as it is an ocean away in Liberia's capital of Monrovia.
In a memo filed with U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond, government lawyers described the city's fallen top prosecutor as a crooked politician who took every opportunity to enrich himself through numerous frauds, thefts from his campaign fund, and bribes accepted from generous donors.
Jeremy Roebuck covers federal courts and law enforcement.