Friday, July 13, 2012
The murder of a Lehigh University student inspired federal law requiring colleges to report crimes.
Editor's Note: Coming Sunday on Patch - Jailed sex offenders like Jerry Sandusky can still collect state pensions. Penn State officials violated the Clery Act - a federal law inspired by the murder of a Lehigh University student, according to an independent investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. Jeanne Clery was raped and killed in her dorm room at Lehigh 26 years ago - a tragedy that led her parents to lobby state legislatures and Congress to pass more than 35 laws on campus safety, including the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which requires reporting of crimes and security policies. The most powerful officials at Penn State actively worked to cover up Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse and rape of children, failing to protect them …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Conference at Lehigh University tackles dangers to students
Like death and taxes, binge drinking on college campuses might appear to be inevitable – the product of large swaths of young people free for the first time from parental control. But a group of experts gathered at Lehigh University recently argued that there are ways to reduce its prevalence in addition to preventing crimes such as sexual assault, that often involve alcohol. The conference was a joint venture between Lehigh University and Security On Campus, an advocacy organization founded by Connie and Howard Clery after their daughter Jeanne was raped and murdered at Lehigh 25 years ago. The Clerys lobbied state legislatures and Congress to pass more than 35 laws on campus safety, including the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which requires …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Jury sentences Michael Ballard to die for quadruple killing.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
For the first time in more than 20 years, a Northampton County jury has sentenced someone to death. Michael Ballard, who admitted last month to killing four people in the borough of Northampton last June, received the death penalty Tuesday for all four murders, according to media reports. Ballard becomes the only Northampton County inmate on Pennsylvania's death row, according to the state Department of Correction's most recent figures. Martin Appel, who was convicted in 1986 of a deadly bank robbery in East Allen Township, had his sentence vacated in 2001. Josoph Henry, who was convicted and sentenced to die in 1987 for the rape and murder of Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery, had his conviction overturned in 2002. Both Appel and …