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State judicial board files charges against Philadelphia judge

By Mark Fazlollah

Judge Thomas M. Nocella. His lawyer predicted the case would be resolved "in a reasonable fashion" and hoped he would keep his job. The state Judicial Conduct Board filed disciplinary charges Tuesday against a controversial Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge with close ties to U.S. Rep. Bob ...

Fattah tells Congress that documents subpoenaed

By Mark Fazlollah

Mark Fazlollah, Jonathan Tamari, and Jeremy Roebuck Inquirer Staff Writers March 12, 2014 9:19 PM U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who has been contending with a long-running federal investigation, told Congress this week that federal prosecutors in Philadelphia had subpoenaed "certain documents" ...

D.A. dismisses work of six narcotics officers, disrupting many cases

By Mark Fazlollah

D.A. dismisses work of six narcotics officers, disrupting many cases Mark Fazlollah and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers Officer Michael Spicer told the judge that he had watched Thomas Pichardo take money from the driver of a car and hand over a small package, believed to be ...

Amid credibility issues, five Philly narcotics officers, lieutenant transferred

By Mark Fazlollah

Allison Steele and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers Amid mounting concerns about credibility, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has transferred five Philadelphia narcotics officers and a lieutenant to quieter, lower-profile units. Ramsey confirmed Wednesday that he ...

Confusion at polls with Voter ID

By Mark Fazlollah

Mark Fazlollah and Andrew Seidman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS With a heavy turnout across the Philadelphia region, election officials were scrambling to instruct voters on the state's most recent rules on photo identification but some were giving out bad information. The Committee of Seventy ...

New local board for Phila. Housing Authority

By Mark Fazlollah

New local board for Phila. Housing Authority Federal officials handed over control of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to a new local board Friday, ending Washington's two-year receivership of the beleaguered agency. In a public meeting at PHA headquarters in Center City, the Department of ...

Big city waste contractor in bankruptcy sale

By Mark Fazlollah

Synagro Technologies Inc., one of the largest contractors working with city government, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday as part of its planned sale to a European private equity group. Synagro president and chief executive officer Eric Zimmer said the Chapter 11 filing in Delaware would not ...

ACLU: Stop-and-frisk program has 'high level' of rights abuse

By Mark Fazlollah

Philadelphia police have committed "an intolerably high level" of civil rights abuses through their stop-and-frisk program, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, threatening new court action against the city. The state chapter of the ACLU, which has monitored the program for nearly ...

ACLU: Stop-and-frisk still “intolerable”

By Mark Fazlollah

Philadelphia police have committed "an intolerably high level" of civil rights abuses through their stop-and-frisk program, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, threatening new court action against the city. The state chapter of the ACLU, which has monitored the program for nearly ...

Claiming cases tainted by police narcotics team, convicted dealers seek new trials

By Mark Fazlollah

Claiming cases tainted by police narcotics team, convicted dealers seek new trials In the first organized effort to overturn convictions obtained by a controversial police narcotics team, dozens of convicted drug dealers are seeking new trials, contending that their cases were tainted by ...

Lawsuit: Drug cops planted evidence on trio

By Mark Fazlollah

An Upper Darby man and two Philadelphia women filed suit Thursday against four Philadelphia Police officers recently removed from an elite drug unit, accusing the officers of arresting them on bogus charges after raiding the wrong apartment. The federal civil rights suit is the first filed ...

Reynolds Brown's husband had Fattah earmark rejected

By Mark Fazlollah

During the heyday of congressional earmarks in 2004, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) won a $750,000 grant for the company of Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown's husband to tell golf course managers how to have ecologically friendly greens. The grant was approved by ...

Philadelphia D.A. to drop more cases over narcotics unit controversy

By Mark Fazlollah

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is scheduled to withdraw scores of cases Monday as prosecutors continue scrambling to drop arrests carried out by officers in a controversial narcotics unit, according to criminal justice sources. One source in the court system, who asked to remain ...

Rendell, Goode Sr. start legal fund for Fattah's son

By Mark Fazlollah

Get the latest Philly.com Daily Headlines newsletter delivered to your email. Sign up now! Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's son, who has been under federal investigation for months. ...

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