June 16, 2014 |
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was a political superstar when she ran for reelection in 2011, with such a sterling image and strong popularity that Democrats did not put up a challenger. The next year, Ferman stepped into a star-studded spotlight in New York City, as the L'Oréal Women of Worth awards' national honoree for her work on behalf of abused children. Her name often ended up on short lists of prospects for higher office. But Republicans and Democrats are now talking, or at least whispering, about the political damage Ferman may have suffered from botched investigations in two high-profile prosecutions - the rape case against former Montgomery County GOP chairman Robert Kerns, and a theft case against a contractor that ended with a Ferman apology and a $1.6 million payout to the man. Ferman still has ardent supporters.
April 27, 2013 |
Their paths don't cross professionally. He's in the kitchen, she's in a courtroom. But on Thursday, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and her brother, the acclaimed chef Marc Vetri, shared a stage for the first time. Their topic was neither cuisine nor crime, or sibling rivalry - but charity. Vetri, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Vetri, Osteria, Amis, and Alla Spina, cofounded the Vetri Foundation in 2008 to promote healthy foods and active lifestyles.
May 21, 2014 |
Montgomery County has agreed to pay $1.65 million to a Radnor Township contractor who accused District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman of bringing unfounded theft charges against him at the behest of a church that counts prominent county officials among its members. As part of the agreement, finalized this week, Ferman admitted no improper influence but was required to issue an apology to Walter Logan, whose alleged crimes she once described as "particularly despicable" and "really very low. " Those words, delivered to a TV news crew, came hours after her office had charged Logan in 2009 with bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown during a contract dispute.
March 19, 2014 |
CRITICAL evidence that had been the linchpin of a rape case against a powerful suburban political leader was tossed out the window yesterday. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said members of her staff had misread a lab report to erroneously say that the sleep aid Ambien had been found in a woman's blood, and that as a result all charges against former county GOP boss Robert J. Kerns would be dropped. A grand jury report had lambasted Kerns - equating him to a monster who savagely raped a woman who had passed out. Kerns was forced to resign as head of his county GOP committee and quit his North Wales law firm.
May 24, 2014 |
Days after her office completed a $1.6 million settlement to a contractor who had been falsely charged with theft, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has fired the lead detective in the case, county officials said Thursday. Detective Mary Anders' ouster came nine months after a federal judge found that a jury might reasonably conclude she had "acted with reckless disregard for the truth" in building her case against Walter Logan, a Radnor Township man charged with stealing from a Jenkintown church.
August 8, 2012 |
Five men have been arrested and police are seeking 18 others in an elaborate scheme to bilk Comcast out of $2.4 million by selling discounted cable services for a fee, officials in Montgomery County said Tuesday. The scam was carried out from April 2011 to April 2012 in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties, said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, during a news brief in Norristown. In all, 5,795 customers paid $150 to have promotional discounts applied to their cable accounts, giving them premium channels and lower rates they weren't entitled to, Ferman said.
October 7, 2004 |
Police found the body of a young Montgomery County woman blindfolded and stabbed to death in a King of Prussia motel yesterday, prosecutors said. Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Risa V. Ferman said that the woman had been identified but that her name was being withheld until relatives were notified. The killing wasn't random, Ferman said. "We believe she was targeted based upon who she was and who she was with," she said. Ferman called the woman "a hotel guest" at the Motel 6 on Route 202 near an exit for the Schuylkill Expressway.
July 1, 2010 |
A Conshohocken woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing a total of $193,242 from two municipal authorities for which she was administrator, law enforcement officials announced today. Linda Ann Marie Palermo, 41, of the 300 block of W. 11th Avenue, Conshohocken, is accused of committing theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking and related offenses. She'll be arraigned this afternoon at a district court in King of Prussia. Officials said Palermo has admitted to detectives she stole $27,855.
June 19, 2012 |
Investigators in Montgomery County are looking into the deaths of two people found on Sunday afternoon in Norristown. A man and woman were found laying on their backs in a rented bedroom on the second floor of a home in the 1200 block of Arch Street, said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. She described the couple as "a tenant and his girlfriend. " The call came into authorities about 4:22 p.m.; the victims were found by another resident in the house. The two had multiple wounds to their head and torso area.
October 24, 2014 |
Seven months after missteps by her office led her to drop rape charges against a prominent Republican Party official, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has created two positions aimed at improving professional standards and integrity in her office's investigations. Ferman said she also had enlisted a national research center to review how her office handled the case against former county GOP Chairman Robert J. Kerns, a study she said would help staffers better understand how mistakes happen and how to avoid them.