Daily Dec Roundup – Jan. 15th, 2015

Image: City Paper

Image: City Paper



District Attorney to review videos, statements before automatically charging prisoners after conflicts with guards

Daniel Denvir, City Paper

– Lawyer Valerie Heppel was frustrated last month as she struggled to defend inmate Gary Wimbush against charges that he assaulted a corrections officer at a Philadelphia city prison. The District Attorney’s office had a video of the incident, but had not yet reviewed it.



Death Penalty 101: Why it’s (almost) impossible to execute someone in Pennsylvania, and what’s next

Anna Orso, Billy Penn

Just a week before he leaves office, Gov. Tom Corbett gave a parting gift Tuesday: He signed five execution warrants and scheduled March lethal injection dates for five Pennsylvania inmates sitting on death row.



NRA sues Philadelphia over law requiring owners to report lost or stolen firearms

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press

– Armed with a new state law, pro-gun groups have stepped up their attack on municipal firearms ordinances in Pennsylvania, with the National Rifle Association suing Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster over gun-control measures each has passed.



Immigrant wins reprieve, ends sanctuary in Philly church

Michael Matza, The Inquirer

Angela Navarro, the Honduran mother who in November took sanctuary in a West Kensington church, has won a reprieve from deportation.



Philly cops are using this online tool to find stolen items at pawn shops

Julianna Reyes, Technical.ly Philly

Officer Melissa Panebianco followed Quider Johnson from pawn shop to pawn shop for three months before he got arrested last March.

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