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October 31, 2013
Running the regime sure can change a rebel. Eight years ago, Seth Williams had to agitate for a debate with his entrenched predecessor in the District Attorney's Office, Lynne Abraham. But this month, Williams played Abraham to his own underdog opponent, Republican candidate Danny Alvarez. The challenger says he "harassed" Williams, staking out a diner and staging an ambush before the district attorney finally agreed to share a stage with him. It's a shame that Alvarez had to go that far, and not only because it made Williams look hypocritical.
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October 25, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former executive of a Chester County gift company has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from his employers and using the money for lavish purchases, including $48,000 on concert tickets and a reception with the Dave Matthews Band, the district attorney said Wednesday. Guido la Vella of Gilbertsville is accused of stealing from Taylor Gifts Inc., a direct-order company based in Tredyffrin Township, while he was the company's chief financial officer from October 2009 until May 2013.
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October 25, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A sluggish state prosecution spared ex-Philadelphia police officer Joseph Harvey the first time he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on the job. Now the feds are taking a second crack at the case. FBI agents arrested Harvey, 39, Wednesday morning on one count of depriving his accuser of her civil rights - more than a year after a judge threw out state charges of official oppression and indecent exposure and blasted the District Attorney's Office for taking too long to bring the case to trial.
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October 25, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
  TOMAS SANCHEZ, the husband of City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez , is really going to miss his man cave. But the state Constitution says members of the General Assembly have to live in their district for one year before their election. And Sanchez is seriously considering a 2014 Democratic primary election challenge for the 197th state House seat held by rookie state Rep. J.P. Miranda . Last month, Sanchez changed his voter registration from the home he shares with his wife half a block south of Norris Square to an apartment in a building owned by his brother half a block north of Norris Square.
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October 23, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
AXEL BARRETO made headlines Jan. 10, 2012, when he stormed out the back door of his Juniata Park home, and shot up a Toyota Corolla containing seven teenage boys who had come to fight one of his three stepsons. Three of the boys in the car died, one survived a gunshot to the neck and three were uninjured. The car had been circling the block before the shooting. Barreto, 32, goes on trial this week and could receive the death penalty if his jury finds him guilty of first-degree murder.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER Standing in front of SCI-Chester, a state prison in which half of the inmates likely do not have a high school diploma, four prosecutors Wednesday urged funding for early childhood education, saying it is a "pay now or pay later" situation. District Attorneys Thomas Hogan of Chester County, John J. Whelan of Delaware County, Risa Vetri Ferman of Montgomery County, and Seth Williams of Philadelphia came together to ask for a $75 billion increase over 10 years for national preschool programs.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had seemed as though former Montgomery County Commissioner James R. Matthews would have his charge of lying to a grand jury expunged Wednesday in court. Instead, the action was postponed for a week, as the District Attorney's Office and Matthews' lawyer work out details of deleting his arrest record. "It's a housekeeping matter," Matthews' attorney, Jud Aaron, said after meeting with Assistant District Attorney Lauren McNulty and Senior County Court Judge William T. Nicholas for about 10 minutes.
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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.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
CLOUT HAS ALWAYS been captivated by "punching up," the practice in which little-known politicians swing haymakers at well-known foes just so folks will think they're standing in the same ring. The practice has another side - seen less often - where high-profile pols punch down to tactically elevate an opponent. That's what Gov. Corbett appears to be doing these days with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , one of eight Democrats vying in the May 20 primary election for the nomination to challenge his bid for a second term.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
EUGENE GILYARD and Lance Felder, two men serving life prison sentences without parole for a 1995 murder, cried with their families and attorneys yesterday after a judge ruled they were convicted on weak evidence and must be granted a new trial in light of recently discovered evidence. Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi told the packed courtroom: "This is the type and quality of evidence that needs to be put before a jury. " Over protests from prosecutors from the District Attorney's Office, DeFino-Nastasi said the defendants were entitled to a new trial because the evidence used to convict them in 1998 was questionable.
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