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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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October 22, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven months after missteps led her to drop rape charges against a prominent Republican Party official, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is restructuring her office and partnering with a national research center devoted to evaluating problems in the justice system and improving the integrity of investigations. The changes, which Ferman will announce at a news conference Wednesday in Norristown, will be aimed at improving the office's professional standards. The restructuring will include the creation of new positions in her office, according to a statement it released.
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October 28, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR THREE DAYS, Raghunandan "Ragu" Yandamuri seemed the most caring of friends. After someone killed Satyavathi Venna and kidnapped her 10-month-old granddaughter, Saanvi, from the family's King of Prussia apartment Monday, Yandamuri attended a candlelight vigil and helped create and distribute fliers offering a reward for the baby's safe return. To show support for the family, he even visited the Upper Merion Police Department, where Saanvi's parents, Venkata Venna and Chenchu Latha Punuru, camped out with investigators, desperately waiting for any word of their missing infant.
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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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May 23, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Radnor Township contractor who received a $1.65 million settlement and a rare apology from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman over unsubstantiated charges that he ripped off a Jenkintown church said Wednesday that he was glad to see the end of what he called a "five-year-long nightmare. " Walter Logan, 65, said he hoped to rebuild his construction business after his arrest on theft charges in 2009, which he said all but destroyed his reputation. Since then, he said, has lost out on several potentially lucrative contracts for projects across the country.
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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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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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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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October 24, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 3, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
STATE SEN. LeAnna Washington, awaiting trial on two felony public-corruption charges, would rather face a jury in Philadelphia than in Montgomery County. Washington's attorney, Henry Hockeimer Jr., yesterday asked a Montgomery County judge overseeing the case being prosecuted by the state Attorney General's Office to move it to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas. Hockeimer's argument: All of the action in the case is in Philly. Washington, 68, has an unexpected legal ally in that argument: Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
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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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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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May 23, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Radnor Township contractor who received a $1.65 million settlement and a rare apology from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman over unsubstantiated charges that he ripped off a Jenkintown church said Wednesday that he was glad to see the end of what he called a "five-year-long nightmare. " Walter Logan, 65, said he hoped to rebuild his construction business after his arrest on theft charges in 2009, which he said all but destroyed his reputation. Since then, he said, has lost out on several potentially lucrative contracts for projects across the country.
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May 22, 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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April 27, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
State prosecutors have filed rape charges against former Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Robert J. Kerns, reviving a case that collapsed when county investigators misread lab test results from the woman who accused him of assaulting her in the fall. Kerns surrendered Friday morning and was arraigned in a district court before a visiting judge, Joann L. Teyral, according to Daniel Dye, the deputy attorney general handling the case. Kerns' bail terms were the same as in the county case, and he was again released after posting a portion of the $1 million bail, Dye said.
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