Is Philly Really Less Corrupt Than It Used to Be?

Need a belly laugh? This fall, the Washington, D.C.-based mag Governing praised Philadelphia for virtually stamping out political corruption. I wish I were exaggerating. The […]


Prosecutors: Brady Campaign Paid 2012 Primary Opponent to Quit

A former political aide to Rep. Bob Brady’s 2012 primary opponent has testified that Brady’s campaign paid the competitor $90,000 to drop out of the race. […]


Jersey Shore Politics: This Is What Happens When No One’s Looking

THE SKY IS SHAPELESS and gray, looming above Margate like a wool curtain. Dustin Widas sits behind the wheel of a black-and-white Ford Explorer, sizing […]

"Justice" engraved on Philadelphia's City Hall

Philly Judge Admits He Lied to the FBI

Municipal Court Judge Joseph O’Neill admitted today he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during an investigation into wrongdoing in the courts. He pleaded […]


Feds: Philly Municipal Court Judge Lied to FBI

Federal prosecutors have charged a Philadelphia municipal court judge with lying to investigators in a corruption case. The indictment (see below) against Judge Joseph O’Neill, […]


Former Philadelphia Sheriff John Green Indicted in Fraud Conspiracy

Former Philadelphia Sheriff John Green has been indicted on federal charges that while he was in office, he took gifts, hidden campaign donations and even […]


Closing Arguments in Narcotics Cops Trial

The federal trial of six Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of corruption is coming to a close; attorneys began their closing arguments on Tuesday, and the […]


The Philadelphia Outrage Meter for the Week Ending October 24

Copy: Copy: Copy: | Create Infographics 70% of the week’s outrage was directly attributable to the bracelet bribery scandal, with 20% of the outrage directed […]


Philadelphia Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. Pleads Guilty to Federal Corruption Charges

[UPDATE] According to an information (read the full document below) released by the U.S. Department of Justice, as expected, former municipal court judge Joseph C. […]


Korean Bribes Helped Build Convention Center, Feds Say

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced it had seized $500,000 from former South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan. Obviously, there is a Philadelphia connection: The money […]


Matt Swartz’s Probation Officer Works for Him at Farmers’ Cabinet

The woman you see in this photo is named Christina Quartullo. She is a waitress at Logan, the bar recently opened at 20th and Arch […]


Philadelphia Police Dispatcher Charged With Taking Bribes

On Friday morning, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced that four people have been charged in a conspiracy involving bribes and tow truck drivers. […]


Vince Fumo Throwing Himself a Giant Party

Ah, you gotta love Philly. A little more than a month since returning home from a four year stint in a federal prison in Kentucky, […]


Fumo Family Feud: Vince Fumo Sounds Like A Terrible Father Edition

We’ve got another nominee for “Worst Father in Philadelphia“! In court testimony yesterday at City Hall, Vince Fumo’s own kids laid bare the bitter feud […]


State Approves Bill to Eliminate Traffic Court

What a sight to see: Harrisburg helping Philadelphia. The State House this week has passed a bill yesterday that will effectively neuter the city’s hopelessly […]