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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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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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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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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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August 22, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is under investigation by a federal grand jury that has subpoenaed his political campaign's financial records to determine if he misspent funds on personal expenses, according to sources familiar with the probe. "There is a grand jury investigation underway," a source said. "That is an established fact. " Subpoenas were served as recently as two weeks ago to Friends of Seth Williams, his political action committee, said the source, who described the investigation as a joint effort of the FBI and IRS, with a grand jury impaneled at least two months ago. Another source said Friends of Seth Williams had complied with the subpoenas and turned over financial records.
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August 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MAN WHO PROVIDED $500 to be given to a witness so the witness would not testify in a court hearing was sentenced yesterday to time served to 23 months in jail. Charles Alexander, 37, who had already served about seven months in jail, was immediately paroled by Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott. The judge said she found no evidence that Alexander had any idea the witness was later going to be shot by another man. "I am convinced you did not know there was going to be any violence," she told Alexander.
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August 9, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia judge on Friday reversed 158 narcotics convictions tainted by allegations of police corruption - the largest such dismissal in one day in city history. The rulings by Common Pleas Court President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper were the latest fallout from the federal prosecution of seven police narcotics officers. The officers - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser - were acquitted of all charges at a federal trial in May. A seventh officer, Jeffrey Walker, pleaded guilty to separate federal corruption charges and testified against his former colleagues at trial.
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August 7, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IN THE tit-for-tat world of politics, where smear campaigns are an art form, Pennsylvania's top law enforcer yesterday found there is a limit to how far you can go in feuding with a foe. Attorney General Kathleen Kane, as well as her driver, former Dunmore, Lackawanna County, police chief Patrick Rocco Reese, were indicted in a scheme to discredit her political enemies by leaking confidential investigative information to the press and then later lying...
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August 6, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Every few years, a case shakes Centre County to its core and reverberates across the state: The still-unsolved disappearance of District Attorney Ray Gricar in 2005. The 2012 trial of Jerry Sandusky for child molestation at Pennsylvania State University. Now, it's a web of allegations including forgery by the current district attorney, improper relationships among judges and prosecutors, and conspiracy by the county's top elected officials. Battle lines have been drawn for nearly a year, and a grand jury report Friday clearing District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller of forgery has done little to ease tensions in the county seat of Bellefonte.
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August 2, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - State prosecutors on Friday ended a yearlong investigation that had entangled the Centre County district attorney, and laid bare bitter conflicts and allegations among the county's top elected officials. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said a grand jury probe did not find evidence to charge District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller with forgery or other offenses. Kane launched the inquiry after a former paralegal in Parks Miller's office filed an affidavit saying she witnessed the district attorney's signing a judge's name on a warrant.
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July 31, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 27-year-old Sharon Hill woman surrendered to Philadelphia police Wednesday for her alleged involvement in an April hit-and-run in Kingsessing that left a 4-year-old boy dead. Shanika Mason, 27, was charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, said Capt. John Wilczynski of the Accident Investigation District. Mason is accused of striking 4-year-old Abdul Wilson twice on the 1600 block of South 57th Street on April 13 with a black SUV and fleeing the scene.
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July 31, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A DELAWARE COUNTY woman was arrested yesterday in the April hit-and-run death of a 4-year-old boy in Kingsessing. Shanika Mason, 27, of Sharon Hill, turned herself in to police yesterday. Mason is charged with vehicular homicide, accident involving death and involuntary manslaughter after her black SUV, a 2014 Ford Edge, fatally struck Abdul Latif Wilson on 57th Street near Litchfield in Kingsessing. In an interview with the Daily News in May, the boy's mother, Dominique Lockwood, said Latif - his family calls him by his middle name - held the family together.
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July 9, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The head of the Concept School in Chester County was arrested in connection with allegations that he sexually abused a student, the Chester County district attorney said Tuesday. G. James Symonds, head of school and a teacher at the private school in Thornbury Township, was arrested Friday and charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault, and related charges. He is accused of contacting a male student almost daily between May 2014 and February 2015 while the student was in the eighth and ninth grades at the school.
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July 5, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Friday identified two officers who shot and critically wounded a man who was having a seizure in May, the first time under a new policy that the department has identified officers involved in a shooting. The officers, Michael Minor and Robert Hoppe, fired at Rudolph Keitt after he led police on a chase beginning in Northwest Philadelphia and struck four officers with his car, police said. Keitt has since been declared mentally incompetent, and his attorney said he suffers from schizophrenia.
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