March 16, 2016
Amid deteriorating relations with his fellow Democrats, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has hired Republicans to manage his reconstituted fund-raising operation, the Inquirer reported Monday. Williams, whose past political spending has drawn federal scrutiny, explained that his new team of onetime rivals is "working to professionalize" his campaign finances so he can "focus . . . on doing the important work in the District Attorney's Office. " The heartening implication is that Williams' campaign finances are separate from his law enforcement.
March 12, 2016 |
A father and son have been charged with killing a man who was their brother and uncle in a scheme to fraudulently collect life insurance, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday. Edward R. Kirby, 59, and Edward A. Kirby, 34, delivered methadone pills to George Kirby, who was ill and housebound at his Frankford home, Williams said. Kirby later died of methadone intoxication. The father and son, of Modena Park, were arrested Wednesday and remain in custody. "This is a case you almost couldn't make up," Williams said at a news conference.
March 9, 2016 |
While her eight children were growing up, Wanda Davila would sit in the front window of the family home in North Philadelphia's Fairhill section and watch her rambunctious boys and girls skip up and down the block. When it was hot, they might dance through the water from overflowing hydrants while music sang out from a boom box. After more than two decades, Davila, 63, still sits in her low chair staring out the window, but she cannot shake the image of her oldest son lying dead on the curb.
February 27, 2016 |
Delaware County District Attorney John J. Whelan called it "shocking" and a "betrayal of trust. " Defense lawyer Andrew Edelberg called it one of the biggest thefts ever by a county employee. On Thursday, Mary E. Lynch, 49, a longtime employee of the District Attorney's Office, was sentenced to three to six years in state prison after admitting she embezzled more than $700,000 in drug-forfeiture money. Over a decade, when Lynch served as the office's financial administrator, the Ridley Township woman siphoned funds she was supposed to deposit in county accounts.
February 25, 2016
By Gil Garcetti The decision to seek the death penalty is one of the most profound responsibilities entrusted to any district attorney. Seeking a punishment that ends the life of a human being, even when that person is accused of having committed murder, is a solemn and sobering decision that cannot be taken lightly. In the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office when I led it, a decision to seek a death sentence was the result of an intensive process, but the final decision was mine alone.
February 10, 2016 |
Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that followed a police chase in Chester early Monday and left one person dead and another wounded. The two were shot after 2 a.m. on the 1200 block of Keystone Drive, according to police radio reports. Chester police confirmed that the incident was an officer-involved shooting and said county authorities were investigating. Chester police Capt. Anita Amaro said a vehicle was being pursued by Upland police and gunfire that followed left one of the two people in the vehicle dead.
February 5, 2016 |
A Montgomery County judge on Wednesday rejected Bill Cosby's efforts to have his sexual-assault case dismissed, ruling that prosecutors were not legally bound by a former district attorney's promise that the entertainer would never be charged in an alleged 2004 attack. The decision by Judge Steven T. O'Neill clears the way for the only criminal charges filed since a wave of accusations emerged against the 78-year-old celebrity. O'Neill ordered Cosby to return for a March 8 preliminary hearing.
January 30, 2016 |
Bill Cosby's defense team on Thursday accused Montgomery County prosecutors of playing "gotcha" with his rights by ignoring what they said was a valid, decade-old agreement not to charge him, even if it was never put in writing. The District Attorney's Office "cannot rely on the fact that the agreement was not reduced to writing as a basis for shirking its obligation," defense lawyer Brian McMonagle wrote in a filing that again urged a judge to throw out the sexual-assault case against Cosby.
January 27, 2016 |
PHILADELPHIA District Attorney Seth Williams knows his way around a courtroom and how to spin in the court of public opinion, but he's remained silent about a 2013 federal lawsuit that leveled potentially explosive and embarrassing allegations against him. So damning were the claims in the suit, filed against Williams by a white female homicide prosecutor whom he fired and had escorted from the District Attorney's Office building in 2011, that...
January 22, 2016
J ACK STOLLSTEIMER . Ever heard of him? We certainly have. Repeatedly. No, it's not a household name, but Stollsteimer, you might recall, is the former safe-schools advocate for the Philadelphia School District. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Delaware County and as an assistant U.S. attorney. Nice fella, but boy, does he have commitment issues. That's what we at Clout call it when someone is always in the mix to run for public office but is never actually running . We've been hearing Stollsteimer's name as a potential candidate for about a decade now. In 2007, for example, Delco Democrats tried to recruit him to run for district attorney.