Criminal courts reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; writer, Crime & Punishment blog for philly.com, Inquirer.com

Lawyer for contractor convicted in building collapse claims secret deal spared developer

philly.com — The lawyer for Griffin Campbell - the demolition contractor convicted in the deadly Center City collapse - told a Philadelphia judge Friday he believes a secret deal with prosecutors kept millionaire property developer Richard Basciano from testifying at Campbell's trial. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer
Jan 29, 2016

Lawyer for contractor convicted in building collapse claims secret deal kept developer off the stand. po.st/0RnMiI via @JoeSlobo

Kensington drug dealer who refused to pay street tax convicted in two murders

philly.com — A Kensington man who got tired of paying "rent" for the right to sell heroin on a city street corner was sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms Tuesday in the 2013 slayings of the would-be leasing agent and her boyfriend. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer
Jan 26, 2016

Philly drug dealer's choice: kill 2 rather than pay $500 drug-corner rent to gang. Now serving 2 life terms. bit.ly/1PQELaK

No contest plea in attack with a car

philly.com — Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016, 12:30 PM A North Philadelphia woman pleaded no contest Friday to attempted murder charges in last April's incident where she drove her car into a woman she believed was a romantic rival.

No contest plea in attack with a car

philly.com — Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016, 12:30 PM A North Philadelphia woman pleaded no contest Friday to attempted murder charges in last April's incident where she drove her car into a woman she believed was a romantic rival.
Jan 22, 2016

N Philly woman pleads no-contest to attempted murder - by car - of suspected romantic rival. bit.ly/1nqEq8e

19-year-old father of 3 ordered to be tried for murder in death of his youngest

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:22 PM Donte Jenkins was 12 when he fathered his first child, 16 for the second, and 18 at the birth of his third offspring, whereupon he married the mother of all three children.

2 teens to be tried in slaying of 16-year-old in N. Philly

philly.com — Two 17-year-olds who police said are affiliated with a gang linked to multiple shootings and slayings in North Philadelphia were ordered Wednesday to stand trial for murder in the death of 16-year-old who was gunned down while riding his bike last November. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer

18-36 years for Phila. vet who strangled woman in 2012

philly.com — Last updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 3:54 PM A nine-year Army veteran who said he suffers from service-related post-traumatic stress disorder was sentenced Tuesday to 18 to 36 years in prison for strangling a woman in 2012 during a night fueled by drink and crack cocaine.
Jan 19, 2016

PTSD or anger toward women+crack cocaine? Philly vet gets 18-36 yrs prison for strangling woman in '12. bit.ly/1ZzpRdW

Judgerules documents be public in priest abuse case

philly.com — Last updated: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 11:09 PM A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE has ruled that documents and other evidence from pretrial proceedings in a lawsuit involving sexual abuse of minors by a Catholic priest will remain public before trial.

Life in prison in 1996 rape-murder of Kensington teen

philly.com — Last updated: Friday, January 15, 2016, 12:16 AM More than 19 years after the body of a Kensington teenager was found in an abandoned house, the man DNA evidence fingered as her killer was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday by a Philadelphia judge.

Judge rules 'discovery' material in priest sexual abuse suit be made public before trial

philly.com — Last updated: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7:00 PM Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:50 PM A Philadelphia judge has ruled that documents and other evidence from pretrial proceedings in a lawsuit involving sexual abuse of minors by a Catholic priest remain public before trial. The two-paragraph ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I.
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Jan 27, 2016

Feds accuse Renee Tartaglione of using psych clinic as slush fund po.st/QTJ925 via @phillydotcom

Jan 26, 2016

Philly drug dealer's choice: kill 2 rather than pay $500 drug-corner rent to gang. Now serving 2 life terms. bit.ly/1PQELaK

Jan 22, 2016

Put in a coma in '93, she died in 2013. 2 carjackers who hit 21-yr-old Delorian Davis cannot be tried for murder. bit.ly/1UgY9BA

Jan 22, 2016

N Philly woman pleads no-contest to attempted murder - by car - of suspected romantic rival. bit.ly/1nqEq8e

Jan 22, 2016

N Philly woman pleads no contest to driving into woman she believed was romantic rival. Victim lost leg, uncle also injured. More to come

Jan 21, 2016

@hearhirschhoot You too: stock up on that bread, milk and toilet paper - the three staples of Philly meteorologists.

Jan 21, 2016

War on terror creates unexpected snags for 2 Philly men accused of stealing scrap metal. bit.ly/20hzIrj

Jan 19, 2016

PTSD or anger toward women+crack cocaine? Philly vet gets 18-36 yrs prison for strangling woman in '12. bit.ly/1ZzpRdW

Jan 14, 2016

20 yrs later, Philly man gets life after DNA links him to '96 rape/murder of Kensington teen on her way to school. bit.ly/1Wca1pG


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