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Philly priest accused of covering for pedophiles to get new trial — PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official convicted for a supervisory role over priests accused of sexually abusing children in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, must have a new trial. The court rejected an appeal by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, which challenged a lower court's order of a new trial.

Judge says no to Basciano effort to move civil trial in fatal Salvation Army collapse — A Philadelphia judge has denied a motion by lawyers for real estate speculator Richard Basciano to move the Sept. 6 civil trial in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse outside Southeastern Pennsylvania because of pretrial publicity. The one-page order - without explanation - was filed Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M.

Pa. Supreme Court rejects Philly D.A.'s appeal in church sex-abuse case — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Catholic church official convicted for a supervisory role over priests accused of sexually abusing children in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, must have a new trial.

Source of newly found hairs remains a mystery in retrial in 1991 rape-murder — Back on Feb. 29, the retrial of Anthony Wright for the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman was postponed when police reexamined the clothes believed worn by the woman and discovered two hairs apparently overlooked in the investigation 25 years ago. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer

Tragedy compounded — 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 about a week early and in circumstances that were anything but joyful: a Philadelphia prison.

Out of solitary after 22 years and $99,000 richer, cop killer Russell Shoatz ponders the rest of life in prison — He's out of solitary confinement for the first time in 22 years and $99,000 richer from settlement of a civil rights lawsuit against Pennsylvania prison officials. But at 72 - serving life without parole for the 1970 murder of Philadelphia Police Sgt.

Overbrook mother to be tried for murder in punching death of son, 3 — An Overbrook woman who police say admitted punching her 3-year-old son in the stomach in anger after he messed up the bathroom has been ordered to stand trial for murder. "I didn't think I hit him hard enough to do that," said Isabeth Cruz, according to Homicide Detective Joseph Bamberski, who testified Wednesday at her preliminary hearing.

N. Philly drug dealer to stand trial in slaying of rival, attempted murder of witness — A North Philadelphia man was ordered to stand trial for murder in last September's shooting of a neighborhood man in an purported drug dispute and the attempted murder a month later of another neighbor who was questioned by police.

West Phila. man to stand trial in fatal shooting outside peace concert at Dell — The concert at the Dell Music Center was a "Stop the Violence" program to promote peace in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. It ended with 20-year-old Alexis Guevara mortally wounded in the parking lot after an escalating argument with two men who were leaning on his car.

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 Philadelphia Police 911 Dispatcher was permitted to enter a pretrial program for first offenders after he admitted stealing $55,500 from a fund benefitting U.S. military personnel fighting in the war on terror.
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Jul 27, 2016

Philly Msgr. William Lynn to be paroled Oct. 16 regardless of DA decision in clergy sex abuse retrial. More coming. 

Jul 26, 2016

Pa Supreme Ct rejects Philly DA's appeal of new trial for Msgr Lynn in clergy sex abuse case. DA must now decide whether to retry. More TK

Jul 25, 2016

After final DNA results, retrial of Anthony Wright in '91 rape-murder of N. Philly woman, 77, set for Aug. 8. 

Jul 19, 2016

N Philly man held for trial in slaying of man outside 2014 'Stop the Violence' concert at Dell Music Center. 

Jul 19, 2016

N Philly drug dealer held for trial in slaying of rival, shooting of man questioned by police. 

Jul 18, 2016

Ex-Philly police dispatcher admits stealing $55,000 in war on terror funds. Money repaid, he goes into ARD program. 

Jul 18, 2016

Ex-Philly prison guard pleads guilty simple assault in '14 beating of inmate. 

Jul 15, 2016

DNA proved Anthony Wright wasn't the rapist, inconclusive about whether hair from murder scene was his. 

Jul 14, 2016

Almost 13 yrs after fire that killed 5 in Philly, witnesses come forward. Olney man held for trial in revenge blaze. 

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