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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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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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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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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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July 5, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
In retrospect, this appears to be a union destined for an early end. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat seeking a third term next year, put a crew of Harrisburg Republicans in charge of his campaign finances earlier this year. That caused consternation among some local Democrats, including a few known to be recruiting for a candidate to challenge Williams in the 2017 primary election. The whole thing has been sort of topsy-turvy. Normally, folks throw a big party and then clean up the mess later.
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July 2, 2016
The slaying of a 62-year-old Berwyn woman in her Main Line home two weeks ago was a "targeted attack," Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday. Denise Barger, a recent widow, died of blunt-force trauma. Her body was found on the morning of June 17 by a relative who had gone to Barger's Heatherstone Drive residence to check on her, the District Attorney's Office announced June 18. Her death was the first homicide this year in Tredyffrin Township, the most populous town in Chester County with about 29,500 people.
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June 13, 2016
William C. Kashatus is a historian, educator, and writer Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, affirmed the protections of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by ruling that a suspect must be clearly informed prior to any questioning that he has the right to remain silent and that anything he says can be used against him in a court of law; that he has the right to the presence of an attorney; and...
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June 11, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Someone must have been really angry at the District Attorney's Office. About 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, a man was captured on surveillance video walking in front of the office, at 3 South Penn Square across from City Hall, and throwing an object at the window, causing it to shatter, police said Thursday. It wasn't clear what the object was. Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the man. He was described as black, with a beard, carrying a backpack, and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front, and dark-colored pants and shoes.
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June 11, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
A boy who was 15 when he killed a father walking a dog in Overbrook last year sat with his head buried in his arms as his victim's widow testified during an emotional hearing Thursday in Common Pleas Court. Tyfine Hamilton, now 17, was sentenced at the hearing to 25 to 80 years in state prison. He pleaded guilty last week to third-degree murder, robbery, and related offenses in the death of James Stuhlman, 51, co-owner of a Media landscape-supply firm. "There's not much to say - I took a special man from you and I'm sorry," Hamilton told Stuhlman's widow, Theresa.
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June 9, 2016
What's wrong with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams? He won two elections as a reformer as well as convictions of corrupt politicians, pedophile priests, and assorted thugs. But he seems to have forgotten a simple rule of public service: Don't ask anyone for a favor. Williams' office in particular is too important and powerful to be compromised by special consideration. Williams apparently broke the rule when he asked real estate investor and campaign contributor Robert Herdelin to give his ex-wife a deal on a home in Drexel Hill, as the Inquirer's Chris Brennan reported.
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April 27, 2016
Polls in Pennsylvania are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Need help finding your polling place? Report a problem at the polls? Philadelphia: 215-686-1590 Committee of Seventy 1-855-738-3689 District Attorney's Office, 215-686-9641, 9643, 9644 or 9884 Bucks County: 215-348-6154; elections@co.bucks.pa.us Delaware County: 610-891-4659 Montgomery County: 610-278-3275 Chester County: ...
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April 26, 2016
SUCH IS the state of this year's Republican race for the presidential nomination that the most impressive claim from any candidate has been "I'm not angry. " That was uttered by Ohio Gov. John Kasich during a recent meeting with this editorial board. That utterance alone is not why we are endorsing him, although it almost would have been enough, given the hate-filled clown convention that is the Republican race. Kasich is the grown-up at the table: In his second term as governor of Ohio, he's a former member of Congress who, during his nine-term career, served on the Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee.
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April 21, 2016 | By Chris Brennan and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Three Democrats and two Republicans claim they have the right skills and experience to clean up the high-profile, dysfunctional mess that is the office of Pennsylvania attorney general. The current attorney general, Democrat Kathleen G. Kane, is not seeking a second term as she prepares for a criminal trial in August, accused of leaking secret grand-jury materials and lying to a grand jury about it. The Democrats, who appear to have the more competitive race on Tuesday's primary ballot, have stepped carefully around Kane's legal woes while casting them as the reason to elect them to the office, where they would oversee 763 employees and an annual budget of more than $95 million.
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April 15, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
A former police officer was charged Wednesday for his role in an alleged theft scandal seven years ago at the Philadelphia Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit, according to court records. Anthony Magsam's arrest on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and obstruction of administrative law came one week after his former commander, Lt. Vincent J. Testa, committed suicide prior to a scheduled meeting with prosecutors about the case. Magsam, 35, was released from custody Wednesday following an arraignment.
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