College textbooks can get expensive. But when Amazon took nearly $4,000 out of his bank account for a late return, the father of a University of Delaware student embarked on a long journey to figure out what happened. In other news, Philly labor leader Johnny Doc’s lawyers were in court yesterday to ask the judge to dismiss corruption charges that allege he bought a councilperson’s vote on key issues with a union salary.
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“Get your textbooks delivered to your door and save both time and money,” Amazon boasts on its website. It sounded good enough for thrifty college freshman Amelia SanFilippo.
She rented a book from Amazon for a spring semester class at the University of Delaware. Due back June 24, returning the book slipped her and her father’s mind for a few days. On June 28, they got an email from Amazon saying that the rental had now been “purchased.”
The cost: Nearly $4,000.
What followed was a days-long saga of repeated chats with Amazon customer service and mysterious emails.
Defense lawyers for John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty urged the judge overseeing his case to throw out his corruption charges yesterday. They said the allegations that the labor leader bought Philadelphia City Councilperson Bobby Henon’s vote on key issues with a union salary “ludicrous” and “legally deficient.”
Henon received a $73,000 salary from Dougherty’s union. Prosecutors painted Henon as a crooked politician who sold his seat for that money, while the defense argued that it’s fine for Henon to have income from a job outside of City Council.
The judge did not make a ruling Monday, but is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to allow the charges to proceed to trial.
Last week, state legislators quietly passed a law that essentially gives the state Attorney General’s Office equal jurisdiction to the district attorney in prosecuting certain gun-related cases in Philadelphia.
As debate rages over the city’s gun violence epidemic, it’s unclear how Krasner and Attorney General Josh Shapiro will interact in the new legal landscape.
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