June 10, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Wednesday decried what he called "cynical" and "overreaching" prosecution in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial, moments after testifying as a defense witness for a friend, fund-raiser, and former deputy mayor who is also charged in the case. Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Rendell accused Justice Department lawyers of too often casting innocent friendships and political deal-making in a sinister light. He said prosecutors had twisted the truth in an effort to convict Herbert Vederman, his former deputy, who is accused of paying bribes to Fattah.
February 5, 2016 |
A federal prosecutor from Philadelphia has been named acting pardon attorney for the Department of Justice, the agency said in a statement Wednesday. Robert A. Zauzmer, who currently oversees appeals for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will now review executive clemency requests sent to President Obama. Upon Zauzmer's recommendation and that of the deputy attorney general, Obama can decide whether to pardon or commute sentences for inmates serving time for federal crimes.
December 15, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will formally announce the appointment of Sozi Pedro Tulante as Philadelphia's next city solicitor. An assistant U.S. Attorney since 2010, Tulante has been making the rounds at City Hall introducing himself as Kenney's intended pick for the position. Kenney will make his formal announcement at a City Hall news conference Monday. Tulante was born and spent most of his childhood in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, before his family came to the United States as political refugees in 1983.
January 16, 2015 |
Joan Markman, 57, of Center City, Philadelphia's first chief integrity officer and a federal prosecutor for 20 years, died Wednesday, Jan. 14. She had been undergoing treatment for cancer. On Jan. 17, 2014, Mayor Nutter announced the departure of Ms. Markman, who he said was contending with the side effects of chemotherapy for recurrent cancer. Ms. Markman's last day of city employment was Jan. 31 of that year. "We're devastated and deeply saddened at the news of the passing of our friend Joan Markman," Nutter said Wednesday night.
December 10, 2014 |
An overseas supplier of food and water to U.S. troops in the deserts of Afghanistan on Monday pleaded guilty in what a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia called a case of "war profiteering," and paid $389 million in fines, damages, and penalties. From July 2005 until April 2009, Supreme Foodservice GmbH and an affiliated company in the United Arab Emirates overcharged the U.S. military by $48 million for water and fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to bases in Afghanistan, according to charges by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
January 17, 2014 |
The former federal prosecutor who tried former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has been retained as special counsel to assist in the New Jersey Assembly's investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal. The announcement Wednesday that Assembly Democrats had retained Reid Schar, a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block L.L.P. in Chicago, came the day before the Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes to authorize the creation of investigatory committees with subpoena power.
June 7, 2013
Age: 47 Residence: Branchburg, N.J. Political party: Republican. Latest appointment: He was appointed by Gov. Christie as a U.S. senator, effective Monday, filling seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg until the winner of an Oct. 16 special election takes office. He will not run for election. Role in Christie administration: He has been state attorney general since Jan. 10, 2012. Before that he was the governor's chief counsel, 2010-11, and executive director of the governor's transition team following Christie's 2009 election.
May 30, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors charged seven men with a massive online money-laundering operation that for years offered a way for drug traffickers, child pornographers, and others in the criminal underworld to move cash around the world quickly, officials said Tuesday. The network, run by a Costa Rican company called Liberty Reserve, processed at least $6 billion for more than a million clients, including 200,000 in the United States. Federal officials accused the company's founder, Arthur Budovsky, of setting up a "bank of choice" for criminals that became one of the largest laundering operations in history.
February 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor accused a Texas federal prosecutor Monday of tapping into a "deep and sorry vein of racial prejudice" in his questioning of a black man facing a drug charge. The justices did not accept Bongani Charles Calhoun's request that the court review his conviction, but Sotomayor appended a scathing statement to make sure that the court's denial was not be seen as a signal of "tolerance of a federal prosecutor's racially charged remark. " Sotomayor did not name Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Ponder in her statement, but she denounced his questioning of Calhoun, who maintained in court that he did not know that the friends with whom he was traveling were planning a drug deal.
February 11, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Though his job will be to work as quietly as possible behind the scenes, former Philadelphia federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. could become the most closely watched person in Harrisburg this year. And those who know him say Moulton is well-suited to the tricky task at hand. Last week, the state's new attorney general, Democrat Kathleen Kane, tapped him to reexamine, step by step, how investigators for a previous attorney general - Republican Tom Corbett - went after child molester Jerry Sandusky.