As Walter Ogrod awaits a court ruling on his latest bid for freedom - which is supported by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - the mother of the girl he was convicted of killing said she no longer believes Ogrod committed the crime.
Lt. James Walker, 59, was pronounced dead from coronavirus Sunday at Abington Hospital, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said. A three-decade veteran of the department, he was the city’s first active duty officer to die as a result of the pandemic.
As the country spends another weekend indoors making homemade face masks and bracing for rising death counts, President Trump is pushing for live sports to resume soon. Meanwhile, the number of dead in New Jersey due to the coronavirus exceeds the total from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Recent court filings, interviews and social media posts detail an increasingly tense environment behind bars — one in which close quarters make social distancing all but impossible, and where daily contact between inmates and guards has led to a growing sense that coronavirus exposure is inevitable.
In a petition filed Monday, the lawyers pleaded with the court to order all counties to limit new jail admissions, and order the release of many nonviolent and high-risk offenders to prevent a "public health catastrophe."
Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pennsylvania declared a major-disaster area, as the state has furloughed 2,500 employees. New Jersey's case total tops 13,000 and Delaware governor tells prospective visitors to stay out of his state.