January 31, 2014 |
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.
May 1, 2013 |
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.
April 16, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
June 26, 2012 |
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.
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.
November 15, 2011 |
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.
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 ...
July 20, 2011 |
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.