Julie Shaw works on the Justice/Injustice team for The Philadelphia Inquirer, focusing on crime victims. During her 14-plus years at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, she has covered the courts, crime, immigration, and census stories.

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Philly courts’ website, e-filing still down for 4th week

The First Judicial District's website and electronic-filing system have been down since May 21 after a virus attack on a limited number of computers prompted a precautionary shutdown.

Testimony: Bloody boot prints in retired Villanova prof’s home led to handyman’s arrest

Police witnesses have testified over two days about how bloody boot prints led them to arrest a handyman, Jose Diaz, in the 2013 stabbing death of retired Villanova University professor Carol Ambruster.

‘I think there’s been a murder’: Philly jury hears of ‘nightmare’ killing of retired Villanova prof

Jose Diaz is charged with murder, robbery, and related offenses in the 2013 killing of Carol Ambruster in her Germantown apartment.

City courts’ emails are back up, but other services still suspended since May 21 computer shutdown

A court spokesperson said he could not provide a timeline of when other computer services would be restored.

N. Philly man held for trial in May shooting death of LGBTQ advocate

The victim, Tameka Michelle Washington, 40, of North Philadelphia, was a mentor and advocate in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community.

High-ranking Philly cops are included in database claiming biased Facebook posts

Facebook posts or comments attributed to 15 high-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department — a police inspector, six captains, and eight lieutenants — were among those included in a database published Saturday by a group researching what it considered police bias.

Here are examples of alleged Facebook posts by Philadelphia police officers

The cops named in the database published Saturday by the Plain View Project work in dozens of locations in the city, from district precincts to the airport, from the SWAT team to the police academy to the radio room.

Group catalogs racist, intolerant Facebook posts by hundreds of Philly police officers

Researchers on Saturday published a database of what they said were racist, intolerant, or otherwise offensive Facebook posts by hundreds of current and former Philadelphia Police officers.

Pa. Supreme Court upholds Philly man’s death sentences in 2014 Schuylkill murders

Tam Minh Le was convicted by a jury in the 2014 stabbing and drowning deaths of two brothers. The Philadelphia DA's Office last year wrote that it could not continue to argue for affirming Le's death sentences.

Bucks County to appeal federal jury’s $67M verdict in criminal-records case

In a statement, the Bucks County Commissioners called the jury’s verdict Tuesday “extremely disappointing."