First Judicial District
Lt. Jonathan Josey was found not guilty of assault charges stemming from an incident in which he was caught on videotape slapping a woman to the ground during a Puerto Rican Day celebration. The judge’s wife is a Philadelphia police officer.
A former Philadelphia courts employee has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for using his position to steal over $400,000 worth of merchandise and services.
City officials say nearly 20 years after the Criminal Justice Center opened, they’re still stymied by a stinking problem: people puffing on cigarettes in the building’s stairwells in defiance of Philadelphia’s smoking ban.
Philadelphia City Council took a close look at the city’s troubled bail system on Wednesday, but key players in that system were no-shows.
“There’s a strong chance that that money can be stolen by people who have no right to the money,” according to Philadelphia’s city controller.
Most of these city workers are on the hook for less thant $1,000, but one owes $150,000.
Around 400,000 court deadbeats owe the First Judicial District in Philadelphia an estimated $1.5 billion. Some of the money owed dates back decades.