September 14, 2016 |
The candidate was a woman of a certain age in a hard-fought campaign, and when she fainted in public, the pundits - mostly men - were unrelenting. No, not Hillary Clinton. We're talking about Philadelphia's storied "one tough cookie" - Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney who fainted under the lights during the first televised mayoral debate in April 2015. "I was watching and saw it and said, 'Hey, the same thing happened to me!' " Abraham said Monday, referring to the TV coverage of Clinton, 68, appearing to collapse as she got into a car at the Sept.
August 26, 2016 |
Roger King, 72, a towering figure in Philadelphia law enforcement during a decades-long career as a top homicide prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, in hospice care in Wyndmoor. The cause of death was metastatic kidney cancer, said his wife, Sharon Wainright. He had battled the disease for two years. "Roger had a heart of gold," Wainright said. "He was very proud of the work that he had done. " Mr. King spent three decades prosecuting homicides in Philadelphia, including some of the city's most notorious cases, such as the conviction of David Dickson Jr., a former Drexel University security guard with a foot fetish who strangled a 20-year-old student in 1984.
July 29, 2016
ISSUE | JUDGE SHAPIRO A true trailblazer It is unfortunate that Senior U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro died just a few days before the Democrats made history by being the first major party to nominate a woman candidate for president of the United States ("Norma Shapiro; pioneering set prison cap," Saturday). Judge Shapiro made history, too. Graduating in 1951 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she was a token woman in a man's profession. Her career of firsts was significant, including: first female partner at the Dechert law firm, first woman judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, first woman member and chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association board of governors, and first recipient of the Bar's Sandra Day O'Connor Award.
July 24, 2016 |
U.S. District Senior Judge Norma Shapiro, 87, of Penn Valley, a pioneering jurist in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, died Friday, July 22, at Lankenau Hospital of natural causes. The first female judge in the federal court district made up of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Judge Shapiro was nominated to the court by President Jimmy Carter in August 1978. Though she had not been at work for a few months, she had been planning to return to her duties on the bench, her family said.
August 12, 2015 |
Even as Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane prepares to talk for the first time with reporters about the criminal charges against her, one well-known former prosecutor is offering to replace her temporarily if she steps down. Kane said Monday that she would hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Harrisburg. She has said through her lawyer and a spokesman that she is not guilty and has no plans to quit. But that hasn't stopped talk of replacing her. If she quit, naming an interim attorney general would be up to Gov. Wolf, who wants her out, and on Monday, Philadelphia's Democratic Party chairman, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, said a would-be replacement contacted him last week: former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham.
June 23, 2015 |
TONY FULWOOD had tears in his eyes when he walked into Frank Rizzo's hospital room and saw the mayor in the bed with a broken leg. Tony felt responsible for the injury, even though it was an accident and even though he was doing his job of protecting the mayor when an explosion rocked the Arco refinery in a nine-alarm fire in 1976, and he fell on Rizzo to protect him from the blast. "I hope you're not upset with me," Tony blubbered. "I wish I was in that bed instead of you. " "You know, Tony," Rizzo said.
May 21, 2015 |
Lynne M. Abraham was feeling great. She had just lost the Democratic mayoral primary, but she was relentlessly upbeat. After a long day, a long six months, Abraham shook hands, flashed wide grins, and said she "had a wonderful day," and "was proud of the campaign we ran. " Though the former district attorney, famously described by Mayor Frank L. Rizzo as "one tough cookie," finished a distant third behind James F. Kenney and State Sen. Anthony...
May 15, 2015 |
They're not altogether wild about the choice of Philadelphia mayoral candidates on Tuesday's Democratic ballot. They're glad for a lack of "mudslinging" so far, as one put it. Some are wary of candidates' ties to unions, donors, or City Hall. And some just haven't decided. A handful of the 600 registered Democrats interviewed in the poll commissioned by The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philly.com, and NBC10 spoke with Inquirer reporters this week. Here are some of their comments.
May 7, 2015 |
Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham made good on a pledge at Monday night's debate and released three more years of her personal tax records Tuesday. They showed just what she said they would: that her financial dealings in those years varied little from those reported in her 2013 return, which she had already made public at The Inquirer's request. In releasing her federal tax returns for 2010, 2011, and 2012, she went one better than four of her opponents, who, at the request of The Inquirer, released three years of returns, 2011 through 2013.
May 5, 2015 |
When Lynne M. Abraham was walking through the City Hall courtyard not long after launching her bid to become Philadelphia's mayor, a woman popped up to thank her for attending an anticrime "national night out" years ago. Abraham looked at her. "Sprague Street," she said. After two decades as Philadelphia district attorney, Abraham long ago acquired the politician's skill of remembering almost everyone. And most everyone knows her, too. She is the grandmotherly presence with the shock of white hair, the strong jaw, and the just-us-folks directness.