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June 16, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 27, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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January 22, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman didn't waste time after receiving an email last fall from her predecessor, Bruce L. Castor Jr., outlining why he thought Bill Cosby had a legally binding agreement protecting him from prosecution for an alleged 2004 sexual attack. Within a day, Ferman replied, in a bid to settle the issue. She and her investigators had talked to lawyers for Cosby and his accuser, Andrea Constand, and neither had documentation of any deal, she wrote.
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September 4, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County teen has been charged with posting nude photos of female classmates to a file-sharing website. Brandon Tyler Berlin, 18, was a senior at North Penn High School when he collected dozens of sexually explicit photos from classmates and shared them with others by uploading them to Dropbox, officials said. Many of the students sent photos of themselves to their boyfriends, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and the boys shared the photos with Berlin.
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May 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 7, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 8, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The revival of a working relationship with a Philadelphia law firm is giving the Montgomery County district attorney's staff a boost. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which has an international practice, is lending free legal support to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's office. Eleven lawyers from the firm's litigation division were sworn in recently as special assistant district attorneys. Eventually, 20 of the firm's newer lawyers will be involved with criminal proceedings that include assisting at preliminary hearings, violation of probation and parole hearings, and, possibly, trials.
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May 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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June 19, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 22, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman didn't waste time after receiving an email last fall from her predecessor, Bruce L. Castor Jr., outlining why he thought Bill Cosby had a legally binding agreement protecting him from prosecution for an alleged 2004 sexual attack. Within a day, Ferman replied, in a bid to settle the issue. She and her investigators had talked to lawyers for Cosby and his accuser, Andrea Constand, and neither had documentation of any deal, she wrote.
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January 18, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Months before prosecutors in Norristown filed the first sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby last year, Montgomery County's former district attorney sought to persuade his successor to abandon the investigation. In a Sept. 23 email reviewed by The Inquirer, Bruce L. Castor Jr. told then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman that he had struck a deal 10 years earlier never to criminally prosecute the comedian for an alleged 2004 attack on a Temple University employee. Castor wrote that, at the time, he hoped his decision would facilitate accuser Andrea Constand's efforts to depose Cosby in a civil suit she planned to file against him. Now, a Common Pleas Court judge has been asked to decide whether that agreement existed and, if it did, whether it protects Cosby from the three counts of aggravated indecent assault filed against him last month.
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November 6, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania Law School got a $350,000 federal grant to create a multijurisdictional team to study botched criminal cases, with the larger goal of making the criminal-justice system fairer and more effective. The grant, which was awarded by the National Institute of Justice and begins Jan. 1, will enable Penn's Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice to form the Philadelphia Event Review Team to evaluate cases of error. The center already has been doing such reviews for 18 months as a pilot program.
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October 10, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
He sexually assaulted her. He beat her, and he threatened to hurt her family, prosecutors said. "If we can't be together, someone's got to go," Naadir Abdul-Ali allegedly told the young woman when she tried to end the relationship in a Sept. 27 phone call. Hours later, her father was dead. Kevin Brown, a 53-year-old father of three shot in his bedroom in Lower Moreland, was targeted by his daughter's ex-boyfriend, Montgomery County prosecutors said Thursday as they announced the arrests of Abdul-Ali and Desmond O. Smith.
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October 2, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
PENNSYLVANIA'S political Cold War crept even closer yesterday toward a doomsday scenario - one with the potential to spread nuclear fallout across the criminal-justice landscape, from police departments to the Supreme Court. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, a Republican, continued to attack state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, charging the embattled Democrat with felony perjury and related misdemeanors after Ferman's detectives raided Kane's Harrisburg office last month.
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September 4, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County teen has been charged with posting nude photos of female classmates to a file-sharing website. Brandon Tyler Berlin, 18, was a senior at North Penn High School when he collected dozens of sexually explicit photos from classmates and shared them with others by uploading them to Dropbox, officials said. Many of the students sent photos of themselves to their boyfriends, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and the boys shared the photos with Berlin.
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August 8, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Is Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman a member of Harrisburg's good ol' boys' club? The question, put to Ferman after she announced criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, was rhetorical but telling. Kane has often blamed her considerable troubles in office on the supposed manipulations of such a cabal. But Ferman - a career suburban prosecutor who, like Kane, is the first woman elected to her post - is by definition not one of the good ol' boys.
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August 8, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was charged Thursday with illegally leaking confidential information, then lying about it under oath and deploying aides as spies to keep a step ahead of the criminal investigation against her. While not unexpected, the criminal charges filed by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman dealt a stunning blow to a woman who swept into office in a 2012 landslide with a promise to shake up...
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August 7, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT LOOKS AS if Kathleen Kane's tenure as Pennsylvania's attorney general is about to reach a new low. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is expected to file criminal charges against Kane today in connection with a bizarre grand-jury investigation, a source familiar with the case said last night. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported word of the impending charges yesterday afternoon. Kane's spokesman, Chuck Ardo, told the newspaper that Kane would comment if and when Ferman announced the charges.
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July 16, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Tuesday that she would not resign if she is formally charged with leaking secret information in an effort to embarrass her political foes. Kane acknowledged that her attorneys recently met with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's office, which is reviewing whether Kane should face obstruction and other charges. Kane allegedly leaked grand jury information to a Philadelphia newspaper last year to punish her critics - and then lied about it under oath.
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