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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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April 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
State prosecutors have filed rape charges against former Montgomery County Republican Party chairman Robert Kerns, reviving a case that collapsed when county investigators misread lab test results from the woman who accused him of assaulting her last fall. Kerns was arraigned Friday in Montgomery County District Court in front of visiting Judge Joann L. Teyral, who set his bail at $1 million, according to court documents. "Based on the thorough review of all the facts and evidence obtained during the investigation conducted by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau . . . Robert J. Kerns did engage in sexual intercourse . . .," the attorney general's office wrote in its criminal complaint, The state announcement came about six weeks after Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman abruptly dropped all 19 charges against Kerns, including felony counts of raping an unconscious victim and raping a substantially impaired person.
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December 17, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, MORGAN ZALOT, BARBARA LAKER & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHO WILL tell the 17-year-old boy at his hospital bedside that his mother, father, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt are dead when - and if - he wakes up? Who will kneel and take the boy's hand gently into theirs, telling him that things will be OK, never knowing if they really will? Who will acknowledge that he'll never again look forward to Christmastime? And will they be able to tell the boy that the man he once called uncle, the man accused of slaughtering his entire immediate family, has been captured?
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January 24, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN FORMER University of Pennsylvania economics professor Rafael Robb pleaded guilty in 2007 to killing his wife, he told a judge: "I just lost it. " On Wednesday, Robb lost it again, but this time "it" was his chance at freedom: The state Board of Probation and Parole changed its mind and revoked Robb's scheduled parole after a tough fight by his victim's family, along with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Montco state Rep....
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June 20, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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December 19, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THEY ALLEGEDLY yanked teeth, did root canals, put braces on crooked teeth and administered drugs. But the two women who ran an underground dental business in Bryn Mawr, luring patients by offering deals to the uninsured, were not licensed dentists, authorities say. In fact, one had no medical training whatsoever. Lower Merion police arrested the pair Monday and issued a public plea to help identify potentially dozens of people whom they allegedly illegally treated. Cheryl Laing, 45, and Jessica Gullickson, 24, both of Broomall, were charged with corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy, reckless endangerment, theft by deception and unauthorized practice of dentistry after a grand-jury investigation found that they had treated patients at Smilz 4 Life on Old Lancaster Avenue near Elliott Avenue, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
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September 1, 2012 | By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman brought criminal charges Thursday against a couple who allegedly enrolled their child in the Lower Moreland Township School District when they lived in Philadelphia. Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were charged with theft of services and conspiracy to commit theft of services. Tuition payments for an out-of-district child attending the Lower Moreland schools would have cost $10,753 a year, Ferman said. Michael Cassidy, a Huntingdon Valley lawyer representing the Garcias, said his clients were innocent.
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April 11, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County detectives are investigating the police shooting Monday of a strapping, unarmed man who fought with officers trying to subdue him in a Springfield Township neighborhood. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman declined Tuesday to name the man who had been shot or the officers until criminal charges are filed. Late Monday afternoon, a resident of Biddle Woods Lane in the township's Wyndmoor section arrived home with his family and saw the man standing in his driveway.
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April 10, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County detectives are investigating the police shooting Monday of an unarmed man who fought with officers trying to subdue him in a Springfield Township neighborhood. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman declined Tuesday to name the man who had been shot or the officers until criminal charges are filed. Late Monday afternoon, a resident of Biddle Woods Lane in the township's Wyndmoor section arrived home with his family and saw the man standing in his driveway.
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March 1, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A special operation to curb violence in Norristown helped authorities arrest a second suspect in a recent slaying and could lead to other homicide cases being solved. Andrew Tomlinson, 18, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, robbery, and other offenses in the Feb. 11 killing of Andrew Polen, 25, of West Norriton, Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Polen was one of two passengers in a car of a friend when they were targeted for robbery in Norristown, authorities said.
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