going on in the courts.
By Shealyn Kilroy
Philadelphia District Attorney:
A woman who literally inked her name on a voting machine is schedule for trial on April 12, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Authorities received a complaint that Oxana Turketsky, 64, had written her name in ink on the voting machine at the 6900 block of Summerdale Avenue at the 53rd Ward. “Oxana Turetsky” was handwritten on the machine next to the box for “write in” candidates, police confirmed. Turetsky later admitted to writing her name on the voting machine. is charged with tampering with records, criminal mischief and tampering with voting machines.
Turetsky’s charges were brought as part of the Election Fraud Task Force the DA’s office created in November 2014. The purpose of the force was to address voter concerns and investigate criminal activity during elections.
Dougherty was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000. Dougherty’s sentence was reduced to life in 2012 after the ineffectiveness of Dougherty’s lawyer. A retrial was granted due to this and due to the advancements in forensic fire science that may have aided to Dougherty’s defense.
Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy asked the judge to immediately sentence Dougherty to two consecutive life terms. Judge J. Scott O’Keefe agreed, adding a 10-to-20-year concurrent penalty for arson. "I haven't seen this despicable of a crime in a long time,” O’Keefe said, according to Gammage.
|Robinson (top left), McKnight (bottom right), and Sawicki III.|
Pennsylvania Attorney General:
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:
A California woman was indicted April 14 for interfering with a flight making it’s way to Philadelphia, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Jamie Lynne Combs, 35, of McKinleyville, California, allegedly assaulted and “intimidated” the flights’ attendants during United Airlines No. 384 from San Francisco to Philadelphia on March 18. Combs was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport, where authorities found that Combs allegedly possessed marijuana - a Schedule I controlled substance. Combs could see a prison sentence, a fine, and supervised release.
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