— Tommy Rowan
It's been 40 years since Kevin Brinkley was charged for a crime that his family has always insisted his brother committed — a claim even the original prosecutor now acknowledges is most likely true.
Thursday morning, the family members who have been advocating for him for the past four decades rented a 15-passenger van and drove more than five hours to be there when Brinkley finally got to step outside prison for the first time.
When Brinkley finally emerged, he stood as a quiet man with a shy, timid smile, silently hugging his family members one by one. On a wheeled cart packed in a trunk were all the earthly possessions he'd accumulated over 40 years: a small television, his asthma inhaler, a file box containing his legal papers and a few personal documents.
"I'm all right," he said.
Washington Township High School officials are trying to calm racial tensions that erupted this week between some black and white students in the Gloucester County district following a nasty, racially provocative social media exchange that seems to have originated on the football team. A scuffle followed the next day in the school's hallways. The principal has called in the NAACP and others to help quell the anger.
The incident follows a similar outburst at a Quakertown High school, covered by columnist Jenice Armstrong, which also originated at a football game. At a soccer match Thursday night in Quakertown, the school superintendent told The Inquirer: "This is not just a one-time incident. We have a problem."
Former District Attorney Seth Williams — who has been in prison since pleading guilty to corruption charges in June — received another indignity on Thursday: He was officially disbarred by order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The disbarment was backdated to April.
He will be sentenced next week, and prosecutors are asking for Williams to get a five-year prison term.
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