Ceciley Bradford-Jones, the new director of Philadelphia's Office of Reintegration Services, called RISE, wants to turn the agency into a data-driven organization that will begin working with people while they're still incarcerated and connect them seamlessly to services after they're released. "I want us to become a triage door for reentry," she said. "We need to start building that relationship and proving to them that we can be a resource before they're out here and being pulled in so many different directions." That plan will require hiring more case managers, as well as more trust and cooperation between RISE and nonprofits that work on reentry. Read more
An insurance defense lawyer won't have to pay a $1 million fine after all. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal of a lower court decision that reversed the fine imposed on Nancy Raynor, ending the long-running battle that roiled the legal community. Philadelphia Common Please Court Judge Paul Panepinto imposed the $1 million sanction on Raynor in 2014 after she allegedly elicited banned testimony from a witness in a medical malpractice trial. Read more
A friend of the doctor whose car crashed into a New Jersey state trooper, killing both men, said the physician had diabetes and could have lost control due to medical reasons. Kristi Schaller, a friend of Dr. Lloyd Rudley, 61, said Rudley had a medical episode that left him unable to work for about a year and she wanted to counter suspicions that he may have been using drugs or alcohol before the crash that killed him and Trooper Frankie Williams on Route 55. "He never touched alcohol a day in his life," Schaller said. Authorities are continuing to investigate the Monday night crash. Read more
The former president of the Somerton Civic Association has been hit with a second set of charges for allegedly stealing $1,500 he solicited from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 charitable fund. Seth Kaplan, 31, is already awaiting trail for allegedly stealing more than $19,000 from the association and residents. He had said he would use the money to put American flags on Somerton streets. "It seemed like a worthy cause, so we gave him $1,500 and he picked up the check that day and took it to a check-cashing agency," FOP Lodge 5 President John McNesby said. "But he never used it for what he said he was going to do." Read more
A former deputy commissioner with the Department of Licenses and Inspections says he feels vindicated after a federal jury acquitted him of bribery and extortion. Dominic Verdi, 61, had been accused of shaking down bar and club owners to buy beer from a distributorship in which he secretly owned a stake. "I tell my kids all the time, If you do something wrong, you're going to have to deal with the consequences," he said. "But if you're right, you fight - and that's what I did." Read more