June 20, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Investigators served a search warrant on the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Thursday as part of an inquiry into allegations that she illegally leaked confidential documents to embarrass a foe. The move was a sign that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is pushing hard in an investigation that sources say has gained significant momentum in recent weeks. Since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for Ferman to pursue the case in March, she has deployed her detectives to gather fresh evidence to buttress a grand jury's recommendation that she arrest Kane, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
June 18, 2015 |
There's little doubt where Risa Vetri Ferman will be in January: The longtime Montgomery County district attorney is a strong candidate to win a seat on the County Court bench. But as the clock ticks down on her career as a local prosecutor, the larger question is if, or when, she will charge the state's top prosecutor with a crime. The same week that Ferman announced her run for the bench, she was handed a grand jury recommendation to charge Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane in the alleged leaking of secret information to a newspaper, then trying to cover it up. Kane, a Democrat, has denied any wrongdoing and called the investigation a partisan attack ordered by a Republican judge.
April 30, 2015 |
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents. In a statement Tuesday, Ferman said she would fold that inquiry into her office's ongoing review of whether Kane leaked information to the Philadelphia Daily News last year in a bid to embarrass her critics. "These inquiries will be conducted using standards and procedures that reflect an ethical prosecutor's responsibilities as a minister of justice," Ferman said.
April 16, 2015 |
Two people have been arrested in the fatal shooting of man in Pottstown last month following a falling out over money, officials announced Tuesday. Richard Collins and Mariah Walton are to be charged with killing Artie Bradley, 38, of Pottstown, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Police learned after Bradley was found dead in Pottstown on March 20 that he had had a relationship with Collins, 37, of Philadelphia, and Walton, 22, of Pottstown. Collins and Bradley had a falling out in the months leading up to his murder, Ferman said in a press release announcing the arrests.
April 11, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Investigators on Friday served search warrants at two of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's offices, according to sources with knowledge of the search. The purpose of the searches was unclear, but they appeared to be the first sign that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was moving forward with her investigation into Kane, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the case. One source said the investigators were seeking e-mails from the offices.
February 20, 2015 |
THERE IS NOTHING funny about the fallout from an office "prank" at a Montgomery County meat-processing plant. A man was killed Wednesday, brutally stabbed by a co-worker who then allegedly turned the knife on himself after promising to "see you in hell," officials said yesterday. And it all apparently traces back to when the victim tried to pull the chair out from underneath his alleged attacker, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement. Peter Jok Atem, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the slaying of Danny Vazquez, 25, with whom he worked at the MOPAC plant in Franconia Township, Ferman said.
February 12, 2015 |
More than four months after rookie State Trooper David Kedra was killed in a Montgomery County training exercise, authorities on Tuesday identified and charged his shooter - an experienced instructor - with reckless endangerment. Cpl. Richard Schroeter, a 20-year veteran of the state police and a firearms instructor for over a decade, could face up to 10 years in prison. The grand jury report that recommended the charges also delivered answers to many of the questions that have surrounded Kedra's death.
January 8, 2015 |
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced Tuesday that she will not seek a third term and instead will run for a seat on County Court. Ferman said her decision had been "an evolution over some time. " "After eight years constantly being in the eye of the storm, it wouldn't be such a terrible thing to slow down for a little bit," she said. "But I think it will present a different set of challenges. I'm looking forward to the intellectual aspects of the bench, analyzing and making decisions.
December 25, 2014 |
If Bradley Stone's capacity for violence existed before last week, he apparently kept it well-hidden. In the past year, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Tuesday, Stone raised no red flags in 22 court appearances and 17 visits or contacts with probation officers, lied about having guns, and convinced a military psychiatrist that he wasn't homicidal or suicidal. Last Monday, he proved it all wrong. In about 90 minutes, officials said, Stone shot, slashed, and chopped to death his ex-wife and five of her relatives, according to newly released autopsy details.
December 19, 2014 |
THE MAN WHO caused so much pain in Montgomery County this week may have gone easy on himself in the end. At a news conference Tuesday night, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman had said that Bradley William Stone, the former Marine who brutally murdered his ex-wife and five of her relatives in Montgomery County on Monday, appeared to have taken his own life in the same violent fashion: self-inflicted cutting wounds to the chest....