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March 3, 1988 | By Laurie T. Conrad, Special to The Inquirer
Because his personal conflict of interest "permeates the whole office," Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino has asked the state to take over the investigation of former Abington treasurer Barbara H. McGarry. He said the state attorney general's office would take over the case, and the county investigation would cease. "I'm sending this case out of here," Marino said during an interview Tuesday. Marino previously had said he would let his first assistant, William R. Carpenter, handle the investigation of McGarry and what township officials have said is at least $350,000 in missing taxpayers' money.
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November 5, 1987 | By Mack Reed, Special to The Inquirer
Republican William H. Ryan Jr. of Drexel Hill grinned and rocked back on his heels at the post-election party Tuesday night, savoring his victory as the new district attorney for Delaware County. Ryan had defeated Democrat Richard L. McMonigle of Drexel Hill by nearly 2-1 - the same ratio by which the Republicans had retained their 5-0 grip on County Council, winning all four at-large seats at stake, according to unofficial results provided by county elections staff. "I'm elated, obviously," Ryan said at the Republicans' victory party at the Alpine Inn in Springfield.
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March 27, 2001 | By Acel Moore
In the Democratic Party primary contest for district attorney of Philadelphia, the question of race has been raised by Alexander Z. Talmadge Jr., an African American and the challenger to 10-year incumbent Lynne Abraham. Talmadge has an uphill battle to unseat Abraham, who has the backing not only of the city's Democratic Party but also of Mayor Street. So why run against an incumbent? Because, as Talmadge surely knows, Abraham is unpopular with much of the African American community.
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June 19, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff Contributors include the Associated Press, United Press International and the New York Daily News
Come September, lawyers and criminals in the Big Apple may find themselves face to face with one of the most famous faces in America. It is then that John F. Kennedy Jr., 28, a recent New York University Law School grad, begins a three-year stint as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan Criminal Court building. A report in the New York Daily News predicts that young Kennedy's arrival will cause a sensation. But that's nothing new for the man People magazine dubbed "the sexiest man alive" in September, an honor Kennedy probably wishes would go away.
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September 5, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Jr., 84, a former Philadelphia district attorney and longtime criminal defense attorney in high-profile cases, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his son F. Emmett Fitzpatrick III said Wednesday night. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a resident of Crest Haven Nursing Home in Cape May Court House, N.J., for four years, his son said. Mr. Fitzpatrick served as district attorney from 1974 to 1978. He was recruited by the Democratic Party to run against incumbent District Attorney Arlen Specter in 1973 and won a surprise victory.
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November 2, 2005
AFTER 16 YEARS of Jonathan Saidel as Philadelphia's city controller, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the job. But now that Saidel, who easily won four consecutive turns to the city's top auditor's position, is off to pursue his mayoral aspirations, voters will have to pick from a crowded field of candidates for a replacement. Republican Hillel S. Levinson (above), is easily the most qualified. He gets our strong endorsement for the Nov. 8 election. Given the corrupt politics in City Hall, the controller's job as watchdog over city finances and contracts has become vitally important.
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June 20, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams , due in federal court yesterday to defend himself in a lawsuit over the alleged theft of intellectual property, decided to settle the case instead. For a Twitter feud, this got pretty ugly. Photographer R. Bradley Maule , of PhillySkyline.com, complained in the July 2013 lawsuit that a photo used as background for Williams' official Twitter account was pilfered from his website. Williams, in a Dec. 30 deposition, said that Maule's attorney, J. Conor Corcoran , asked him about the photo during a 2013 primary Election Day lunch at the Famous 4th Street Deli.
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July 31, 2011 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday, a judge reached a conclusion about Ray Gricar, the longtime Centre County district attorney who vanished in 2005. He's dead. Hours later, word spread that a nameless vagrant locked up in Provo, Utah, just might be the missing prosecutor. His mug shot went viral. By Tuesday night, Provo police had put a name to their man - and it wasn't Gricar. That's how it has gone in the six years since investigators found the red-and-white Mini that Gricar last drove locked in a Lewisburg, Pa., parking lot - and his county-issued laptop computer turned up in the Susquehanna River.
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April 29, 1991
Once in a while, we Philadelphians have something and somebody to cheer. Given recent history, we deserve it. When Ron Castille resigned as district attorney to run for mayor, we could be excused for fearing that the Board of Judges would come up with somebody worse to replace him. Stranger things have happened. Come to think of it, stranger things usually do. But they didn't. Common Pleas Judge Lynne Abraham is as well qualified and trained to be district attorney as any of her predecessors were.
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October 18, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
WAS DANNY Alvarez a nice guy who couldn't cut it in the courtroom in his eight years as an assistant district attorney? Or was he the victim of a demotion for trying to unionize his co-workers? That was the unexpected question posed yesterday as Alvarez, a Republican running for district attorney, debated incumbent Seth Williams , a Democrat seeking a second term in the Nov. 5 general election. Williams described Alvarez as a "subpar" attorney held back in lower-level jobs in the D.A.'s Office while others advanced.
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May 21, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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May 6, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The arrest of former Philadelphia narcotics Officer Christopher Hulmes on perjury charges has forced the review - and possible reversal - of hundreds of convictions in which he was a key witness, the District Attorney's Office said Monday. First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann said his office would work with the Defender Association of Philadelphia to determine which cases will be affected by the 19-year police veteran's involvement. Hulmes was arrested April 23 on multiple counts, including lying under oath.
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May 6, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE EASIEST THING for court-appointed attorney Damian Sammons to do would be to get the best deal he could for his client and move on. Sammons juggles about 100 cases at any given time, so one where a client is facing a couple years in jail for a school fight, but will likely get probation, wouldn't seem worth his trouble to challenge. Especially since his attempts to get his client into a diversionary program that could wipe his record clean had been denied. Hey, he tried, right?
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April 23, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ARLEN SPECTER appreciated Rick Appel for more than his skills as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office. Specter, Philadelphia D.A. from 1966 to 1974, once said that Rick brought the "milk of human kindness" to the office. "He considered him a real kind gentleman," said Rick's sister, Vivian M. Appel. "He brought a softening to the district attorney's image. " Specter, who went on to serve in the U.S. Senate, died in 2012. Rick was the kind of prosecutor, defense lawyer and teacher widely admired for his devotion to the profession, his teaching skills and an irrepressible sense of humor that could leaven the most dire of situations.
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April 18, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old girl who crashed an SUV in the Poconos in August, killing three students from Council Rock High School South and injuring two other passengers, admitted to three felony counts of homicide by vehicle on Wednesday, according to the district attorney of Wayne County, Pa. Julia Ware of Pleasantville, N.Y., also admitted to two misdemeanor counts of accident involving death or injury, prosecutor Janine Edwards said in an e-mail Thursday morning....
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April 15, 2015 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO & BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
BRUCE CASTOR Jr. is a busy guy who just got busier. The Montgomery County commissioner, who also works as a private lawyer and is campaigning to be county district attorney, was sworn in Friday as a special deputy district attorney in Centre County. That's the home of Penn State University, for those of you who don't get out much. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, who appointed Castor to the post, has fought allegations since last year of impropriety, including claims that she forged a judge's signature on a bail order and pressured her employees to campaign for her re-election while on county time.
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April 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A CATHOLIC PRIEST who was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 in the rectory at St. John Cantius Parish in Bridesburg will not have to face a third trial on child sex-abuse charges. The District Attorney's Office yesterday dropped all charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick after two separate juries failed to reach verdicts. On March 11, a jury declared itself deadlocked after a little more than three days of deliberations in McCormick's second trial. On March 12, 2014, a different jury deadlocked after 4 1/2 days of deliberations in his first trial.
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April 6, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
One afternoon in February, Troy Fields and about 10 other guys from Seventh Street took seats in the gymnasium of the Police Athletic League center on Snyder Avenue - for them and so many who grew up around here, a safe haven from the violence and the shootings that mar this South Philadelphia neighborhood. Lauren Baraldi, chief of the District Attorney's Office Gun Violence Task Force, and others from the antigang initiative Focused Deterrence were waiting for them. They had an offer, Baraldi said.
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April 2, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update : Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, to whom office the case has been referred, said Wednesday that in view of the state Supreme Court's decision, her office would review the grand jury case and investigate further if need be before determining if harges are warranted "against any individual. " Earlier Story: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's challenge to a grand jury's recommendation that she face criminal charges.
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March 27, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham may not be on the air yet, but she is in the lead. Or so says a recent poll conducted for her. The poll, according to a memo from the campaign's pollster provided to The Inquirer, has the former district attorney leading the field with 30 percent of respondents saying they would choose her if Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary "were held today. " Jim Kenney and State Sen. Anthony H. Williams were each favored by 14 percent of respondents.
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