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.
February 6, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Three weeks after being sworn in, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has delivered on a promise to name a top aide to review the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case. Kane on Monday appointed H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., a former Philadelphia federal prosecutor who led the inquiry into the botched 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Texas, as her special deputy to head the review. "Mr. Moulton is a highly respected former federal prosecutor who will assist us in providing a comprehensive and independent examination of the facts surrounding the handling of the Sandusky investigation," Kane said in a statement.
December 17, 2012
The NHL's lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor. The sides did not talk Sunday, the 92d day of a lockout that threatens to wipe out an entire NHL season for the second time in nine years. NHL players started voting on whether to have their union give up collective bargaining rights, a "disclaimer of interest" that could be a precursor to an antitrust suit. The league argued in a 43-page suit Friday in federal court in Manhattan that the union's actions were a bargaining maneuver and asked that the lockout be declared legal.
November 24, 2012
Albert Kleiner, 51, a Philadelphia native who became a prosecutor in Arizona, died Sunday, Nov. 4, of melanoma at a hospice in Tucson. For the last nine years, Mr. Kleiner was an assistant attorney general in the Tucson office of the U.S. Justice Department, where he focused on white-collar crime. "Because he was principled and a person of integrity, he was constantly looking for an occupation where he could make a difference," said his brother, Michael. "He was adept at whatever he tried.
July 28, 2012 |
TRENTON - New Jersey's economic development agency has tapped as its new chief executive officer a top aide to Gov. Christie and former longtime federal prosecutor who was once embroiled in a controversy over a $46,000 loan she got from Christie when he was a U.S. attorney. The board of the Economic Development Authority on Wednesday selected Michele Brown for the $225,000 job as part of a restructuring. CEO Caren Franzini announced she would step down on Sept. 30 after 21 years to pursue opportunity in the private sector.
April 10, 2012 |
At his sentencing Tuesday, a federal prosecutor said Robert Stinson, Jr. had a three-decade long career as a "cunning and deadly" con man. U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson entenced the five-time fraudster to more than 33 years in federal prison. Authorities said Stinson, 57, bilked at least 263 investors out of more than $14 million in a Ponzi scheme that was shut down by Securities & Exchange Commission in 2010. Stinson's scheme collapsed in June 2010 when law enforcement officials raided the Philadelphia offices of his company, Life's Good, Inc., which Stinson started in 2006.
October 20, 2011 |
IT'S JUST NOT done - a public defender asking a prosecutor to talk with a criminal defendant out of a belief that the charge against him is unfair. Joanne Epps, then in the U.S. Attorney's Office, got such a call from federal defender Maureen Rowley in the '80s. Joanne's reaction: "I'm a federal prosecutor, no way," she said. But Maureen explained that the young man, who was about to enter the military and had his life ahead of him, would be ruined by a conviction on a gun charge.
August 16, 2011
Richard J. Zack, a federal prosecutor who handled political corruption cases, has joined the law firm of Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. Zack, who worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office for 12 years, is a partner in the law firm's white-collar and corporate investigations and commercial litigation practice groups, the firm announced Monday. He was chief of commercial and consumer fraud and deputy chief of economic crimes in the U.S. Attorney's Office. Zack was involved in the prosecution of Corey Kemp, the former Philadelphia city treasurer who was sent to prison for corruption.
July 31, 2011
Give a creativity-in-spin award to James Eisenhower for defending his law firm's questionable practices in the Philadelphia Housing Authority's legal-billing scandal ("HUD tells PHA to justify $1 million in legal fees, or repay it," July 22). He was, he said, "ethically and aggressively representing the interests of his clients. " Excuse me, but what kind of aggressive representation goes on at a dinner party, a rally, and ribbon cuttings? The Inquirer stories have brought out the real travesty that occurred.