Criminal courts reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; writer, Crime & Punishment blog for t.co/hvHmb1GbBc, t.co/HC8GvXYBG3

Family Court ends policy of strip-searching juveniles

philly.com — Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:30 PM Philadelphia's Family Court marked its move into a shiny new $222-million courthouse Monday with a new policy requiring juvenile detainees to be strip searched before going to their court hearings. The policy lasted about as long as the ceremonial ribbon cut by court officials.

Burglary charges dropped in alleged case of dog dialing 911

philly.com — Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:30 PM The story seemed too good to be true: guide dog for blind Holmesburg woman scares off teen burglar who broke into her house and then dials 911 to bring police to the rescue. Turned out it was, as the Philadelphia District Attorney's office acknowledged Thursday in withdrawing all charges against 19-year-old Tomayo McDuffy.

Prominent GOP lobbyist to be tried on sex-assault charges

philly.com — Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:55 PM A noted Philadelphia Republican lobbyist was ordered Thursday to stand trial on sexual assault charges in a September incident involving a 27-year-old woman. Andrew J. Marsico was held for court on seven counts including aggravated indecent assault without consent, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment.

Prominent GOP lobbyist to be tried on sexual assault charges

mcall.com — A noted Philadelphia Republican lobbyist was ordered Thursday to stand trial on sexual assault charges in a September incident involving a 27-year-old woman. Andrew J. Marsico was held for court on seven counts including aggravated indecent assault without consent, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment.

A new, unusual twist in death-penalty fight

philly.com — Posted: Sunday, November 9, 2014, 1:10 AM When condemned fugitive Joseph Kindler was returned to Philadelphia in 1991 after two escapes, three years on the lam in Canada and four fighting extradition, the news was grim.

DeCoatsworth tells of dysfunctional relationship

philly.com — Last updated: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014, 1:41 PM Former Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth took the witness stand Friday and described to a Common Pleas Court jury how his rocky and dysfunctional relationship with Sadie Martinez ended in violence.

Former officer DeCoatsworth details his dysfunctional love affair

inquirer.com — Former Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth took the witness stand Friday and told a Common Pleas Court jury how his rocky, dysfunctional relationship with Sadie Martinez ended in violence.

DeCoatsworth's girlfriend testifies in assault trial

philly.com — Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 2:08 PM For months after she said she was choked and punched by former Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, girlfriend Sadie Martinez visited him in prison, wrote him 39 love letters and lived in his mother's house.

DeCoatsworth's girlfriend testifies in his assault trial

inquirer.com — For months after she said she was choked and punched by former Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, girlfriend Sadie Martinez visited him in prison, wrote him 39 love letters and lived in his mother's house.

Hunting Park man guilty in fatal shooting of landlord

philly.com — Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014, 4:01 PM A Hunting Park man was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in the 2013 shooting of the landlord trying to evict him from a rooming house after finding a gun.
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Nov 07, 2014

Lawyers' closings ongoing in assault trial of former Philly cop Richard DeCoatsworth. Jury could get case. bit.ly/10zun4t #inq'

Nov 07, 2014

ex-hero Philly cop DeCoatsworth will testify in defense in assault trial involving girlfriend. #inq

Nov 06, 2014

Months after assault by boyfriend - ex-Philly hero cop - woman says she still wrote love letters to him in jail. bit.ly/13NFrNt #inq

Oct 30, 2014

Philly City Council aide gets 4 yrs probation, restitution in theft of SS benefits from infirm woman, 90. inquirer.com/front_page/breā€¦ #Inq

Oct 29, 2014

3 yrs after arrest in auto insurance fraud scheme, suburban Philly lawyer pleads guilty. bit.ly/1rT7HDr #inq

Oct 24, 2014

Fed. judge to rule at 2:30 p.m. if ex-Philly mob boss Joseph Merlino returns to prison for probation violation. More to come. #inq

Oct 24, 2014

Prosecutor rests in parole violation hrg of convicted ex-mob boss Joey Merlino. Def. deciding whether to call witnesses. more to come. #inq

Oct 21, 2014

N Philly Realtor tells of carjacking, sex assaults, ending in horrific crash killing mom, 3 kids, selling fruit. bit.ly/1zjr5Ck #Inq

Oct 21, 2014

Philly man held for trial kidnapping, sex assault of real estate saleswoman&carjacking crash that killed family. More coming. #inq

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