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Justice System Works In Case of Bucks County Hunter’s Death

Three recent high-profile criminal cases show how the justice system is uneven and unpredictable. The acquittal of Casey Anthony, the mom accused of killing her […]

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Casey Anthony Got Away With Murder

Forget about America’s ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya with nearly 7,500 of our fellow citizens dead. Forget about the country’s $14.3 trillion debt […]

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How I Know Casey Anthony Is Guilty

So the jurors have spoken, and to the horror and revulsion of just about everybody, they found Casey Anthony not guilty of charges that she […]

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Philly Witnesses Defy the “Stop Snitching” Code

This has been a crazy, violent week in Philadelphia: marauding teens, a guy firing into a crowded bar after being kicked out for smoking, and […]

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War on Drugs? You Must Be High!

June 17th marked the 40th anniversary of the dumbest—and most unsuccessful—war in U.S. history. It was on that date in 1971 when Criminal-in-Chief, I mean […]

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How to Avoid Becoming a Philly Crime Statistic

The name Mohan Varughese might not sound familiar, but maybe you heard about his tragic story this week. On Monday, the 23-year-old was shot to […]

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No Philadelphia Justice Yet for Dawn Stensland

My wife—better known to Philadelphia as wildly popular former Fox 29 anchor Dawn Stensland-Mendte, and now even more popular in my home in her current […]

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Madeleine McCann’s Parents: The Real Royal Couple?

April was a busy time for the Royal Couple. Preparations had been underway for months to deal with all the publicity that was sure to […]

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Why Mumia Abu-Jamal Should Be Released From Prison Now

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals was correct when, on April 26th, it ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal should not be executed as a result of […]

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Where Do You Put a Pedophile?

The findings in the grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are bad enough: priests showing pornography to minors entrusted to […]

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What About the Mothers?

As Philadelphians are captivated with the gory details about Kermit Gosnell’s West Philly “abortion clinic,” I find myself with one persistent thought: With an Infant […]

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The Kensington Strangler Is Putting Philly On the Map

What comes to mind when people think about Philadelphia this holiday season? The Macy’s holiday show? Our badass quarterback?

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The Politics of Crime Reporting

The Los Angeles Times is causing hubbub on its website because of a data-gathering project, the Homicide Report, that’s keeping track of every killing in […]

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It Takes a Family to Find a Body

Jenna Lord, she only makes it worse. Because now it seems like a pattern. Not just vulnerable women with drug problems getting preyed upon, maybe […]

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Excuse Me, Did You Pay for That?

As she was putting up a “Going Out of Business” sign, I had a chat with the manager of a national chain store that was […]