March 30, 1996 |
After myriad faxes, legal jousts, sharp words and a news conference or two, Philadelphia and Florida have ended their war over who will charge Berto Ordaz with murdering his girlfriend and driving the body to a Miami suburb. District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham threw in the towel and said Philadelphia would do it. She authorized city police to issue an arrest warrant for Ordaz, a North Philadelphia man who officials say drove his girlfriend's corpse south to Florida in January and left her body in his van in a Miami suburb.
March 27, 2015 |
Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham may not be on the air yet, but she is in the lead. Or so says a recent poll conducted for her. The poll, according to a memo from the campaign's pollster provided to The Inquirer, has the former district attorney leading the field with 30 percent of respondents saying they would choose her if Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary "were held today. " Jim Kenney and State Sen. Anthony H. Williams were each favored by 14 percent of respondents.
April 9, 2015 |
Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham collapsed during the first televised mayoral debate Tuesday night, casting a pall over the event and the future of her campaign. Abraham, 74, crumpled to the floor seven minutes into the hour-long debate at the Kimmel Center. As she lay motionless at the base of her lectern, other candidates and the debate moderator, NBC10 anchor Jim Rosenfield, rushed to her aid. Someone called out, "Is there a doctor in the house?" After a few minutes, Abraham began moving and tried to sit up, telling those around her, "I'm all right.
April 26, 1991 |
Republican Party leader William A. Meehan helped engineer Common Pleas Judge Lynne Abraham's election this week as interim district attorney by lobbying GOP judges to vote for her, sources said. Meanwhile, GOP mayoral candidate Ronald D. Castille said yesterday he'd "be pleased" to have Abraham, a Democrat, as the Republicans' nominee for DA this fall. Abraham was chosen DA Wednesday by the city's Board of Judges, and the party organizations will select candidates to run in a special election for district attorney in November.
January 8, 1992 |
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham has announced a crackdown on "hate crimes," which community groups say are on the increase. "Pennsylvania state hate crimes legislation affords this office the opportunity in certain cases to add the charge of hate or bias to the charges in the original crimes," Abraham said. "Bias crimes in general come to the district attorney's office as part of other criminal conduct and have an additional legal context. " Abraham spoke Monday while announcing the assignment of Assistant DA Richard Block to act as liaison on bias- and hate-related crimes.
December 30, 2006 |
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, outraged over proposed cuts to her office's budget, slammed Mayor Street yesterday as a leader who lacks the courage and vision needed to stem the city's rising number of homicides. "Do something!" Abraham burst out at a news conference in comments directed at the mayor. "You know, stop switching around and changing programs and not having the courage to call up the district attorney and say, 'Lynne, what do you think we ought to do?' "He's the only mayor in Philadelphia history who hasn't called the district attorney up and said, 'Lynne, we have a crime problem.
May 4, 2005 |
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham wants you to know that she stands, personally, between the citizens of Philadelphia and mayhem on the streets. "Trust me when I tell you. We're on the case," Abraham said recently at a meeting of the Wissinoming Civic Association in a church basement. As she seeks reelection to a fourth full term, Abraham, 64, already is the longest-serving district attorney in 80 years. She is running amid an upsurge in gun-related homicides, facing criticism that her office cannot seem to improve the rate of dismissal of felony arrests.
April 28, 1991 |
On City Hall's sixth floor, in the low light and the haze of cigarette smoke, court criers, lawyers and reporters clustered near the entrance of Court Room 643, craning to hear the Board of Judges meeting inside. There was spontaneous applause, the doors flew open, and emerging into a flood of TV lights was Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne M. Abraham. With a crooked smile and a raspy voice, Abraham told the crowd that she had been selected - by a very narrow margin - to be Philadelphia's district attorney.
April 1, 1992 |
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said last night that her office has received upward of 200 calls from males claiming they had sex with AIDS- infected businessman Edward I. Savitz without using condoms. Speaking on ABC's Nightline, Abraham appeared to contradict earlier comments by the city health commissioner that Savitz poses less of a public health threat than orginally thought because he reportedly insisted that the youths wear condoms. Dr. Robert K. Ross had said Monday that a majority of 100 teenagers calling a city AIDS hotline to report encounters with Savitz described contacts that did not involve sexual intercourse.
January 30, 2001 |
A coalition of African-American groups active in politics will try today to draft a city commissioner into the fight to unseat Democratic District Attorney Lynne Abraham. Alexander Talmadge Jr., relatively unknown despite his three terms as city commissioner, denied yesterday he plans to run. "No," Talmadge said, laughing when told about a City Hall rumor that he would be taking on Abraham in the May Democratic primary. "That won't be happening. " Tell that to J. Whyatt Mondesire, the local NAACP president and newspaper publisher who started publicly pushing Talmadge as a candidate yesterday.