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.
January 22, 2016 |
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.
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.
September 4, 2015 |
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.
May 19, 2012 |
A Montgomery County assistant district attorney has been fired after "serious discrepancies" were discovered in the unit she oversaw, according to the Prosecutor's Office. Karen Grace Ricca, who oversaw the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition unit (ARD), was terminated Thursday during a regularly scheduled meeting of the county's salary board. No official reason was given and efforts to reach Ricca were unsuccessful. ARD is a pretrial program for first-time nonviolent offenders who agree to certain conditions and are closely supervised by the courts.
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.
October 28, 2012 |
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.
March 5, 2014 |
KING OF PRUSSIA Concerned about the sex trade at motels and hotels around King of Prussia, police set up an undercover sting and arrested six men for patronizing prostitutes, authorities said Monday. "This particular initiative is one that you might typically refer to as a 'john sting,' " Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Upper Merion police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, part of Ferman's office, placed an advertisement on an unnamed website offering prostitution services Friday.
October 2, 2015 |
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.