Leader of “Main Line Drug Ring” Pleads

Neil Scott, as seen in his mug shot at the time the Main Line Drug Ring was busted last spring.

Neil Scott, as seen in his mug shot at the time the Main Line Drug Ring was busted last spring.

Neil Scott, one of the alleged ringleaders of the so-called “Main Line Drug Ring” has pleaded to drug charges in the case.

KYW reports:

Neil Scott had nothing to say in court today after pleading guilty to several counts of possession with intent to deliver, running a “corrupt organization,” and conspiracy.

The 25-year-old Haverford School graduate was sentenced to five to 15 years behind bars.

Judge Steven O’Neill called it a serious sentence for a serious crime.  “You were peddling a hell of a lot of misery,” he told the defendant.

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Jury Awards $500,000 Judgment Against Philabundance

 

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Philabundance has been ordered to pay $500,000 to a former employee who says he was maliciously prosecuted by the non-profit hunger agency.

A Philadelphia jury ordered the award last week after hearing testimony in the case of Manuel Burgos, a former truck driver for Philabundance, who in 2010 was accused of stealing gasoline that had been donated by Sunoco to the agency. Criminal charges were brought against Burgos, who spent three months in jail as his case made its way through the court system. A judge eventually dismissed those criminal charges — and did so again when Burgos was charged with the crime a second time.

James Beasley Jr., Burgos’ lawyer, said Philabundance blamed Burgos in order to avoid blame for its own shoddy record-keeping — and failed to pursue evidence that another employee, who originally accused Burgos of the theft, might be to blame for the stolen gasoline. (That employee was terminated several months after Burgos was arrested.)

“What they did was wrong,” Beasley told Philly Mag. “They caused this guy to be in jail for three-and-a-half months.”

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Tom Wolf’s Ethics Code Is a Good Start

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Photo | Jeff Fusco

Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team unveiled a “code of ethical conduct” for team members on Tuesday, and for the life of me, I couldn’t initially figure out what the big deal was. After all, the the requirements outlined in the code seemed pretty basic for anybody legitimately seeking to enter public service.

I will not use my position with the Governor-Elect’s Transition Team for personal gain or take any substantial action affecting any matter, for personal gain or that of my immediate family or organization with which I have a substantial financial interest.

We’re not getting rich off of government service? Big surprise.

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Stop Spitting on the Sidewalk, You Disgusting Pig

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Naval Aircraft Factory, photo via Naval Historical Center

The other day after work, I was waiting for the garage attendant to bring down my car. I was standing alongside a well-dressed, dapper-looking man about age 60. As his car — a much more expensive one than my ancient Honda — came rolling down the ramp, mine followed close behind. The attendants lined the cars up beside us and got out, holding the doors for us. The gentleman beside me paused, cleared his throat, coughed up a huge phlegm-ball onto the sidewalk at my feet, and proceeded to get in his car.

Yo, dude. You are so, so gross.

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Joan Orie Melvin Must Try Apology Again

Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, left, leaves court with her husband Greg Melvin after she and her sister, Janine Orie,   were sentenced for their February convictions on corruption in Orie Melvin's election campaign, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The sisters avoided prison time but were sentenced to house arrest for what a judge called crimes of "arrogance."   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, left, leaves court with her husband Greg Melvin after she and her sister, Janine Orie, were sentenced for their February convictions on corruption in Orie Melvin’s election campaign, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The sisters avoided prison time but were sentenced to house arrest for what a judge called crimes of “arrogance.” (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Remember when we said that former Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s court-ordered apology for her conviction — on charges she illegally used state workers for her political campaign — seemed less than sincere? 

The court agrees.

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Transit Cop Charged With Committing Lewd Act On Subway

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A SEPTA transit officer has been accused of masturbating on the Broad Street subway.

44-year-old Kevin Fant was off-duty in August when he was caught on camera playing with himself. The tape wasn’t reviewed until recently; a Transit Police Captain reviewing the video identified the offender as Fant.

Fant has been charged with open lewdness an indecent exposure.
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