Manco & Manco Pizza Owners Arrested on Tax Charges in New Jersey

UPDATE [3:50 p.m.]: According to the Inquirer,  Manco & Manco Pizza owners Charles and Mary Bangle have been released. They’ve been ordered to surrender their passports, and Charles must turn over an arsenal that includes “12 handguns, two shotguns and two rifles” by tomorrow afternoon.

Original: On Thursday morning, Charles and Mary Bangle, owners of Manco & Manco Pizza (formerly Mack & Manco’s), were arrested at their home in Somers Point, New Jersey, on 30 counts of tax evasion and other charges. Read more »

Philly Cop Edward Sawicki III Charged With Making Threats and Harassment

edward-sawicki-philly-cop-charged-threats-2On Wednesday, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office announced that it had charged Philadelphia police officer Edward Sawicki III with simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, and making terroristic threats stemming from an October 2013 incident in South Philadelphia.

According to a statement by the DA’s office, Sawicki, who is 34, was off-duty at the time of the altercation. Sawicki lives in Northeast Philadelphia.

Sawicki turned himself into police on Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Sawicki for 30 days and intends to fire him. Of course, we all know how complicated firing a Philadelphia police officer can be.

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Poor and Accused of a Crime? You’re Better off in Philadelphia than Anywhere Else in Pennsylvania.

"Justice" engraved on Philadelphia's City Hall

There are those who will see it as a mixed blessing, but there is one thing Philadelphia does better than every other city in Pennsylvania and we should be proud of it:

We provide a half-decent defense to poor people accused of crimes. Really.

Now it’s time for the rest of the state to catch up, not just to its biggest city, but to literally every other state in the union. Pennsylvania, you see, is the only state in the nation that doesn’t help its counties pay for the defense of poor people accused of crimes – not even one penny.

Which means, essentially, that if you’re poor and accused of a crime in this state, you’re screwed. Your lawyer is overworked, underpaid, and he or she is most likely without the resources to really dig into your case.

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Former L&I Official Dominic Verdi Charged With Extortion By Feds

The writing has been on the wall for a long, long time for former L&I Deputy Commissioner Dominic Verdi, who resigned way back in February 2011 amid an FBI investigation into his activities. That multi-year investigation has now resulted in charges, with United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announcing on Tuesday that Verdi has been charged with extortion. Read more »

DuPont Heir Raped Daughter, Got Probation

Hope you’re ready to feel disgusted and angry. Gawker reports that Robert H. Richards IV — great grandson of  the late Irenee DuPont, family patriarch —  was convicted in 2008 of raping his 3-year-old daughter … and got probation because the judge in the case thought the rich guy couldn’t handle the rigors of prison. Why is this coming to light now? Richards’ ex-wife now alleges he raped their son, as well.

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