Over the past four years, federal authorities have quietly exposed a long-running bribery scheme involving sheriff’s employees, netting convictions against four people. But one city official implicated in the probe remains in his post, uncharged.
Faced with the dilemma of what to do with officers accused of misconduct while their cases play out, the Philadelphia Police Department has deployed some to a sensitive, federally funded intelligence-sharing center.
An obscure Philadelphia nonprofit that has received millions of dollars in taxpayer money might be a blueprint for how political and patronage networks can grow. It was shepherded by former Sen. Vince Fumo and eventually taken over by his protege-turned-rival, union leader John J. Dougherty.
Eight months before the bribery case broke, Penn faced its own scandal: Its former basketball coach accepted cash, a recruiting trip to Miami, and rides on a private jet to get a businessman's son into the school.
The DA's Office charged Philip Nordo with preying on male witnesses. An Inquirer review of jailhouse phone transcripts and court documents sheds light on the charges — and on the extent to which convictions he helped win may be jeopardized.