Pa.'s first death sentence of the year

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Pennsylvania’s drought of death sentences ended Friday when a Philadelphia jury sentenced Tam Minh Le to death for the horrific 2014... Read more

What's a judge to do?

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Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina preferred to call it “streamlining.” Some defense lawyers insisted that... Read more

Talk to me after Groundhog's Day

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In Monday’s Inquirer and Daily News, I wrote about the first six weeks of the Philadelphia civil trial of lawsuits resulting from the... Read more

How the word 'porn' threatened to end Center City collapse trial

It was called the Forum Theatre and from 1975 until 2012 it was synonymous with porn: Philadelphia’s best-known and, ultimately, last... Read more

Jurors in Salvation Army collapse quick to point out problems

No two juries are alike. They are, after all, made up of human beings. Some are decisive; others wind up “hung” – unable... Read more

Tragedy compounded

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The expectant parents had already created a birth registry at several retailers for the baby expected to be born July 18. The girl was born... Read more

Ex-police dispatcher admits stealing War on Terror funds

The theft cost him his reputation and his job, but Pendarvis Williams will not be going to prison. The former 911 dispatcher for the Philadelphia... Read more

Boomers behind bars

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With U.S. “baby boomers” now in the 52 to 70 age range, it shouldn’t be surprising that there has been a graying of the nation’s... Read more