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.
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.
December 13, 2014 |
In what amounted to the first real salvo of the 2015 mayor's race Thursday, former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham chose to target not any of her announced opponents, but City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. She did so for Clarke's refusal to hold Council hearings on a now-dead bill to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works to the Connecticut energy firm UIL for $1.86 billion. Outside Clarke's City Hall office, Abraham said he was "not a leader," and challenged him to resurrect the expired deal by inviting UIL to come back to Philadelphia for a hearing on the proposal.
August 16, 1995 |
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.