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February 7, 1986 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County Commission Chairman Paul B. Bartle abruptly ended the public-comment portion of the weekly commissioners' meeting yesterday after a citizen called him "dishonest. " The exchange occurred when Richard McNutt, a Bucks County environmental activist, raised questions about the presence at the meeting of "bodyguards" and about county officials' statements that Commissioner Allan C. Myers, who died Jan. 22, had suffered a heart attack in his car. Police records indicated - and Myers' son later confirmed - that Myers suffered the attack in a bar. Bartle then warned McNutt not to make any personal accusations or he would "destroy . . . for everybody else" the chance to make comments.
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November 26, 1991 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
Outgoing Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle yesterday outlined a $216 million budget for 1992 that was immediately blasted by the incoming administration as having unrealistic revenue projections. The proposed budget calls for a $21 million increase in spending without an increase in taxes. "It's a time bomb," said the Democratic minority commissioner-elect, Joseph M. Hoeffel, after Bartle unveiled the preliminary budget at a hastily called news conference in Norristown.
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March 16, 1990 | By Jerry W. Byrd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle is pressing the outgoing head of the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals for data Bartle says is needed to determine the cost and basis for a reassessment of the county's approximately 250,000 properties. So far, William P. Wentz, who is resigning, has not responded. The county solicitor yesterday said he had sought to convince Wentz during a meeting early last week of the importance of answering eight questions Bartle asked.
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March 2, 1991 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer correspondent John Ellis contributed to this article
The chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, Charles F. Nahill Jr., sought yesterday to link County Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle to a prison construction manager indicted last week on charges of defrauding the county. Nahill, who is backing an opposition slate, said party records showed that Bartle sold 104 GOP dinner tickets worth $3,640 to John J. Maloney in 1984, 1985 and 1986 while the county's prison was under construction. Maloney, of Perkiomenville, was charged by a federal grand jury with sending the county $108,727 in inflated bills for work on the prison.
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April 20, 1991 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week ago State Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf hopped on the Bartle bandwagon. But now, according to Bartle's opponent in the May 21 primary, Greenleaf's hopped off. The re-election campaign of Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle received a boost on April 12 when Greenleaf, a Willow Grove Republican who has had difficulties with Bartle in the past, announced his endorsement. Greenleaf, chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that Bartle and his running mate, Commissioner Floriana M. Bloss, had "a proven record of performance and commitment.
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February 13, 1986 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County Commission Chairman Paul B. Bartle this week predicted that groundbreaking for the county's new trash-to-steam plant in Plymouth Township will take place this year instead of 1987. In a speech to about 50 people attending a luncheon Tuesday at the Carrousel Restaurant in the Willow Grove Park mall in Abington Township, Bartle said he had decided to move up his prediction by a year because the legal challenge to the county's plan by Plymouth Township should be concluded by October.
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March 29, 1991 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calling Paul B. Bartle "the emperor (who) had no clothes," Montgomery County acting treasurer Jay R. Moyer yesterday launched another political broadside against the man who appointed him to his courthouse job. Bartle, the controversial county commissioners chairman, faces the first Republican primary contest of his 16-year political career. In recent months, Moyer has emerged as Bartle's severest Republican critic. Bartle won the Republican Party's endorsement for commissioner at a recent party convention.
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September 20, 1990 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle has been dropped as a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by former Pennypacker Mills curator Margaretta B. Sander. U.S. District Judge Edward N. Cahn handed down the order late Monday afternoon. In January, Sander sued Bartle, Montgomery County, and Howard W. Gross, the county's History and Cultural Arts executive director. She contended that the defendants violated her right of free speech by demoting her for alleging that the county was neglecting Pennypacker Mills.
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April 16, 1989 | By Donald Scott, Special to The Inquirer
The proposed state tax reform, if enacted, would be a hidden tax increase for Montgomery County residents, county Board of Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle told a group of Willow Grove merchants last week. And Bartle said that establishing a new health department in Montgomery County, with new taxes, would be unnecessary. The Pennsylvania tax-reform proposal, to be voted on in a May 16 referendum, "does not represent tax reform," he said. "It is a tax increase to those who pay taxes on the local level.
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April 12, 1991 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County's acting treasurer yesterday accused the administration of Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle of a "courthouse cover-up" and "serious foot-dragging" when the FBI sought canceled checks paid to contractors of the county prison. Bartle emphatically denied that there had been any cover-up or delay. One day after a federal grand jury indicted four people as part of its continuing prison investigation, acting treasurer Jay R. Moyer called a news conference to tell his version of how an FBI agent called him two months ago and asked for help in obtaining public records.
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June 21, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITER
The dismissal last week of a juror in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial came after the panel told a federal judge it had hit a snag just hours into its deliberations, according to an audio recording obtained by the Inquirer. The exact contents of the jury's note Thursday to U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III remain undisclosed. But in a sidebar conversation with the judge that afternoon, lawyers in the case referred to trouble in the jury room, and discussed whether the panel should be read the instructions typically given to jurors who report that they are deadlocked.
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June 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Jurors in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial were instructed to start over in their deliberations on Friday after one member of the panel was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III offered no explanation for the dismissal after calling the jury back into the courtroom around 10 a.m. An alternate had replaced the missing member. Lawyers for the congressman and his codefendants declined to comment, saying that Bartle had instructed them not to discuss the matter.
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March 17, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid to have his corruption case dismissed by relying on a congressional privilege meant to protect lawmakers' independence from interference from the executive branch. The decision clears the way for the Philadelphia Democrat's trial on racketeering conspiracy charges to proceed May 2. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III said none of the allegations in the indictment against Fattah violate the "speech and debate" clause - a constitutional provision that bars federal prosecutors from questioning lawmakers or holding them criminally responsible for their legislative acts.
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March 16, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal judge allowed U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's original legal team to withdraw from his corruption case Monday, nearly two months after the lawyers first requested to drop the congressman as their client, citing a payment dispute. In a one-paragraph order, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III dismissed lawyers Kevin Mincey, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Riley Ross III, and Shabrei Parker from the racketeering conspiracy case. Bartle had previously refused to let them withdraw, despite their contention that Fattah had not fully paid them in months.
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March 13, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal judge eviscerated arguments Friday from U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's new legal team, which sought dismissal of his corruption case, citing a congressional privilege typically used to protect lawmakers from executive branch interference. Though he has not yet issued a ruling on the request, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III left little doubt that he viewed with skepticism their claims that the "speech and debate clause" should shield the congressman from his May trial on racketeering conspiracy charges.
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February 5, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Matthew T. Amato, who helped Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. scam thousands of dollars from area banks, and later helped the U.S. Attorney's Office convict the son of U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah, was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for his part in the scheme. Amato, Fattah's onetime roommate at Drexel University and later in Roxborough, took out $65,000 in loans from four banks in 2005 in the name of Chaka Fattah Jr. & Associates, a shell company he and Fattah Jr. concocted. In the summer of 2005, Amato received loans from Wachovia Bank, PNC Bank, and Sun National Bank on the strength of their bogus claim that their company had $140,000 in sales the previous year.
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February 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Before being sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million restitution to the clients and banks he defrauded, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. told the court that the government had gotten it wrong. That argument clearly went nowhere. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III ordered that the congressman's son be immediately taken into custody. He was hauled away while his father, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), his mother, and a sister sat in the gallery.
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January 29, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal judge on Wednesday called U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's decision to prioritize fund-raising for his reelection campaign above paying his lawyers "particularly unfair" but denied a request from his defense team to withdraw from his corruption case. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III said that though the lawyers had not been fully paid in months, they were aware of the time and financial commitments when they signed on to Fattah's case. They ran a risk when they did not require the Philadelphia Democrat to pay their legal fees up front, Bartle wrote in an opinion.
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January 28, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal judge on Tuesday urged U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who says he is more focused on raising money for his reelection campaign than on his corruption trial, to rethink his priorities. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III issued the warning as Fattah's lawyers sought to be removed from his case, saying he had not paid their legal bills in nearly five months. "I think you need to take this matter seriously and think hard and fast about your priorities," the judge told the Philadelphia Democrat.
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January 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
Lawyers for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah have asked a federal judge to dismiss them from representing him in his forthcoming federal corruption trial because, they say, they are not getting paid. They also asked U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III that their request, made Wednesday, be handled confidentially because of "sensitive" communications that "should be protected from public scrutiny. " Bartle disagreed, making them public Thursday, the same day that nine leaders of the city Democratic Committee, including U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, and City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, endorsed the 11-term Democratic congressman's bid for reelection.
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