David DeKok

Rapper Meek Mill seeks new trial to end decade-long probation

17 Jul 2019

PHILADELPHIA Lawyers for Meek Mill on Tuesday asked a Pennsylvania appeals court to overturn a 2008 drugs and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity advocate for U.S. criminal justice reform.

Federal judge throws out ex-Penn State president’s conviction

01 May 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa A federal judge on Tuesday threw out the child endangerment conviction of former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, one day before he was to enter a county jail to begin serving his sentence.

Pennsylvania man charged with posting online hate messages

12 Apr 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. A Pennsylvania man has been charged by federal prosecutors with posting online hate messages and threats, including a digitally created image that appeared to show himself pointing an AR-15 rifle at a congregation of Jewish men.

Man gets death sentence for rape, murder of 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl

28 Mar 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. A jury in suburban Philadelphia sentenced a man to death by lethal injection on Thursday for the rape, murder, and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl who had lived with him and his girlfriend, the teenager's adoptive mother, authorities said.

Jury clears Pennsylvania police officer of murder in Antwon Rose shooting

23 Mar 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. A Pittsburgh jury on Friday unanimously found that a white police officer did not commit murder when he fatally shot black teenager Antwon Rose, an incident that sparked protests and fueled a debate about racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system. | Video

Pennsylvania prosecutor focuses on officer's motive in murder trial

20 Mar 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pa. A Pennsylvania prosecutor on Tuesday urged jurors in the racially-charged trial of a white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Antwon Rose in June 2018 to focus on what motivated him to pull the trigger.

Pennsylvania teen found alive after five family members murdered

27 Feb 2019

NEW YORK A teen whose mother and twin 9-year-old sisters were among five family members killed in their Pennsylvania home was staying at a friend's house at the time of the murders and is safe, officials said on Tuesday.

Sandusky to be resentenced on child sex conviction

06 Feb 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. A Pennsylvania court on Friday ordered former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky to be resentenced for his child sex abuse conviction, saying the mandatory minimum sentence of 30-60 years had become illegal since the trial judge imposed it.

Philadelphia judge grants new appeal to cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

29 Dec 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. A Philadelphia judge has allowed convicted police-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to launch a new appeal, ruling that a former chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should have recused himself from the inmate's previous appeals.

Chinese student accused of trying to poison U.S. college roommate

22 Dec 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. A Chinese student attending Lehigh University in Pennsylvania has been arrested and charged with attempting to murder his roommate of four years with a component of rat poison he ordered online, prosecutors said. | Video

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