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March 30, 1996 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 26, 1991 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Cynthia Burton and Ron Goldwyn contributed to this report
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.
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January 8, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 30, 2006 | By Julie Shaw INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 4, 2005 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 28, 1991 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 1, 1992 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 30, 2001 | by Chris Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 16, 1995 | By Claude Lewis
In last Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau threw darts at Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham in a letter to the editor. Morgenthau complained that since Abraham was elected in 1991, she "has apparently asked for death in virtually every homicide case. " Morgenthau used statistics comparing Philadelphia and Manhattan, counties with nearly identical populations that had an identical (503) homicide rate in 1990. His letter was prompted by a lengthy Times magazine piece by Tina Rosenberg a month ago questioning Philadelphia's "aggressive use of the death penalty.
NEWS
January 9, 2003 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's Common Pleas Court judges have spent $23,650 to hire a lawyer to explore filing a formal complaint against District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham for her public criticisms of a handful of jurists. Ultimately, the judges decided not to pursue the complaint. The rift has not affected the city's criminal courts, according to two top judges. Abraham, a former Common Pleas Court judge herself, has periodically castigated judges for rulings and sentences that she believed were too lenient or unfavorable to prosecutors.
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January 31, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams was at the podium Monday, talking about a grand jury's decision to charge state Rep. J.P. Miranda and his sister in an alleged "ghost employee" scam. It sounded as if Williams scattered throughout his remarks several thinly veiled, sharply worded barbs for his onetime career mentor, former D.A. Lynne Abraham . Things went south for them in 2005 when he tried to unseat her in the Democratic primary election. Twice, Williams said his office "will no longer abdicate our responsibility to investigate" political-corruption cases.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN TATTLE heard that "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham made a sex tape with porn star James Deen and then lied about it (pretending that it was a secret sex tape that no one was supposed to see), we thought, what kind of message does lying send to your young daughter? We already know what kind of message the tape sends. But a 21-year-old single mom has to take care of her kid, so Farrah has sold the tape to Vivid Entertainment for an undisclosed amount - rumored to be close to $1 million, but who knows.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE HATES to pick on dumb teenagers, but what the heck was Justin Bieber thinking? While in Amsterdam, Bieber got a guided tour of the Anne Frank House Museum and wrote an entry into a guestbook saying, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber. " Absoutely. If she didn't have to hide from the Nazis and die of typhus in a concentration camp 68 years ago. Really, dude, how is your takeaway from the Anne Frank house that you wish she'd been a fan of yours . Bieber's remarks led to criticism from some quarters, as a Facebook response insulting Bieber received more than 1,000 "likes" - slightly more than the museum's original post about the incident.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
By Neal Gabler As we edged closer to the "fiscal cliff," some observers said we should take a page from Steven Spielberg's Lincoln . The film tells the story of how the president managed to steer the 13th Amendment - which outlawed slavery, finishing what was started by the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago today - through an inhospitable House of Representatives. On one side were Democrats who opposed outlawing slavery on the grounds that it would confer an equality that blacks should not have.
NEWS
August 27, 2012
Robert W. Patterson is editor of the public-policy journal the Family in America On the eve of its Tampa convention, the Grand Old Party is as pumped as a young lady who just accepted an engagement ring from the man of her dreams. Conservatives may have reluctantly embraced Mitt Romney, but his running-mate choice, Paul Ryan - the wunderkind House budget chairman - has injected needed testosterone into the campaign. Still, excitement over the youthful Wisconsin congressman may not generate enough energy to win in November.
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June 26, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The guilty verdict against Msgr. William J. Lynn - the first time a Catholic church supervisor has been found criminally liable for child-sex crimes by a priest - concluded one of the most unusual prosecutions in the history of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. It took nine years, two grand juries, and changes in Pennsylvania law. And it made odd partners of former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and successor Seth Williams, whose relationship soured when Williams, a former Abraham prosecutor, challenged her in the 2005 Democratic primary.
NEWS
November 16, 2011
Lynne M. Abraham, who went into private practice last year after 18 years as Philadelphia's district attorney, has agreed to help the Second Mile conduct an internal investigation and assess the organization's chances of survival. The nonprofit, which serves underprivileged youth, was founded by former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing children he met through the organization. Abraham, now a partner with the law firm of Archer & Greiner P.C., led a five-year investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Philadelphia.
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November 15, 2011 | BY REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
FORMER PHILLY District Attorney Lynne Abraham, a self-described "staunch defender" of children's rights, has been retained by the board of the Second Mile to lead an internal investigation of the beleaguered charity now at the center of the Penn State sex-abuse scandal. The announcement was made concurrently with news that the Second Mile's president and chief executive, Jack Raykovitz, had resigned. He did not offer a reason. Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State who has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys, founded the charity in 1977 and was associated with it until 2008.
NEWS
October 7, 2011
THERE WILL BE no "tough cookie" in the race for state attorney general next year. Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham , who received that political-gift of a nickname from the late Mayor Frank Rizzo , likes her new law-firm job and won't give it up for a statewide race, according to longtime campaign adviser Eleanor Dezzi . That's good news for former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and former assistant district attorney ...
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By LYNNE ABRAHAM
PITY, REALLY. Instead of writing a good article about a significant issue of the day, William Bender's July 8 "City of Brotherly Bud" was a fatuous little piece of, well, piffle. In our interview, I said nothing about so-called violent pot smokers. But it is correct to have said that my view of drug abuse remains the same: Drugs are by far the single leading cause of crime in this country. While not every pot user is or will become a violent criminal, the medical evidence is getting clearer and clearer that pot should not be considered "recreational," "harmless" or somehow "good for us. " In fact, the high concentration of the active ingredient THC is definitely bad for us and our brains.
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