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One year later: Liberian chemist reflects on trauma of arrest

"I thought it was a joke." Sitting in his office behind his wife's hair salon in West Philadelphia, Vickson Korlewala is going over their arrest on robbery charges a year ago -- charges that, he claims, were baseless. He says that police evidence -- surveillance images of the...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:40pm

Four NY men jailed for hazing-linked death of fraternity pledge

Four men involved in the 2013 death of a Pi Delta Psi freshman pledge were sentenced to jail Monday. The incident occured at a rented home in the Pocono Mountains, and so the fraternity was also banned from operation in Pennsylvania for 10 years and ordered to pay over $110,000 in fines. Chun...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 5:23pm

The Foreman Forecast: Here comes the judge

From the start, one consolation for voters who oppose Donald Trump has been the ineptness of his party. Despite holding both chambers of Congress and the Oval Office, the Republicans have repeatedly gathered around the launch pad of legislative hopes only to watch their initiatives explode in a...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:04am

Lawyer tells rape trial jury women are good at lying because they’re the weaker sex

In the latest case of victim blaming, a lawyer who was defending a millionaire Memphis, Tennessee, businessman in a high-profile rape trial sparked outrage when he told the jury “women can be especially good at” lying because “they’re the weaker sex.” What’s...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

Former DA Lynne Abraham sues to force out indicted DA Seth Williams

The hits keep coming for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who remains in office despite numerous calls to resign since he was indicted two weeks ago on federal corruption charges.Now his predecessor, former Philly DA Lynne Abraham, is joining in with a lawsuit to force Williams out of...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:37pm

Philly DA Seth Williams pleads not guilty to 23-count indictment

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams appeared in federal court as a criminal defendant Wednesday, and was arraigned on 23 counts of charges that included bribery and extortion.He entered a not guilty plea.Williams left court without commenting to the news media, and has not addressed...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:08am

Threesome participants given groundbreaking ‘tri-custody’ of 10-year-old boy: Judge

It sounds a bit like a soap opera storyline.A couple from Bay Shore, Long Island, had live-in ménage à trois with a former neighbor for several years, and they all agree to have a baby together.After the two women in the relationship, Dawn Marano and Audria Garcia, decided to move out on their own...

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 12:24pm

To crack down on witness intimidation, Philly courts to ban phones

The witness, a young man, seemed nervous while testifying in the murder case. When asked whether anyone had threatened him about taking the stand, he shocked the courtroom by pointing into the audience and saying, “That’s one of them right there.”The man he pointed at quickly stood and left the...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:31pm

Running to change how Philadelphia does justice

At first, it's a bit hard to understand why Larry Krasner wants to be district attorney. For years, the defense lawyer has been trashing almost everything about how the Philadelphia DA's office does business.Krasner blames the DA's office for a world of social ills, from what he called "excessive"...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 5:00am

Priscilla Presley cares for Lisa Marie's daughters amid scandal

Priscilla Presley has confirmed that her twin granddaughters, Finley and Harper, are in her custody. Rumors swirled that the girls, aged 8, had been put into foster care, but Priscilla took to Facebook to clear things up. “There is lots of confusion, commotion and concern from all the talk...

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 1:50pm

Alleged pimp in jail after preying on drug-addicted women

A Boston man accused of pimping out multiple women after he got them addicted to drugs is in jailWednesday, authorities said.Prosecutors allege Hendricks Mario Berdet, 31, supplied at least six women with drugs, including heroin and cocaine, in exchange for engaging in commercial sexual activity...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:09pm

These email exchanges allegedly show Dr. Luke's abusive behavior

Kesha has released emails she claims were sent to her by real-life villain Dr. Luke, and they are pretty terrifying.The singer, who has been in a neverending quest to be freed from her contract with Sony and the producer, believes the emails support her claims that Dr. Luke has a history of...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 1:39pm

Jury selection starts in Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Jury selection started Tuesday in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez.The former Patriots tight end is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the July 16, 2012, killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtadooutside a nightclub inBoston’s South End.Prosecutors say...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 9:22pm

Rachelle Bond guilty of helping cover up daughter's murder

Rachelle Bond, mother of Bella Bond, who’s decomposing body washed up on the Boston shore in 2015, pleaded guilty Friday to helping cover up her daughter’s murder.Bond was charged as an accessory after the fact in the slaying of 2-year-old Bella Bond. She also faced larceny charges for continuing...

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:37pm

$227M settlement in building collapse is city’s biggest ever

The longest civil trial in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas history ended this week with the largest settlement in state history being awarded to the victims of the 2013 Salvation Army building collapse in Center City.The $227 million settlement for victims of the June 5, 2013, building collapse...

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 1:59am

Black, Latino workers accuse Amazon of discrimination

Black and Latino delivery drivers have filed a class-action complaint against Amazon, alleging discriminatory background checks led to their firing last year.Lawyers for the local driversfiled the complaint Tuesday with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the state agency...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:57am

Dr. Luke continues his war against Kesha

Kesha is still hashing out her legal battle with Dr. Luke, and things have taken a turn for the worst — again. And it’s all over… a text message?Related: Oprah to make her grand return to televisionThat’s right. The producer and creep, aka Lukasz Gottwald, is claiming that a text exchange between...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:16am

Court orders dismissal of weak Dookhan drug cases

The state’s highest court ordered prosecutors to dismiss any cases tainted by the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal that would be too weak to retry.While the Wednesday ruling declined to issue the “global remedy” sought by the ACLU and other civil rights groups for dismissal of all 24,000 cases...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:19pm

Police investigating stabbing death of East Boston teen

Authorities are investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy found in an East Boston marsh earlier this month as a homicide.The body of Carlos Villatoro-Nunez was found in Belle Isle Marsh on Dec. 9, nearly a month after his family reported him missing. Decomposition initially complicated the...

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 12:32am

Judge sets $1M bail on man charged in North End stabbing

Authorities have charged a 44-year-old Western Massachusetts man with assault with intent to murder for allegedly stabbing another man in the North End this week.Anthony Spinelli of Leominster was ordered held on $1 million bail Thursday in Boston Municipal Court in connection with the Dec. 20...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 11:01am