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March 17, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned. Yet no one was charged with a crime. Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down. In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
They were mothers, sons, sisters, and cousins, selling drugs in one of Camden's most dangerous neighborhoods, authorities said. The heroin, cocaine, and crack reached into Camden and beyond, spilling into Lindenwold, Gloucester City, and Sicklerville. It was sold out of Sheridan and Liberty Streets. On Wednesday - after three years of investigation - authorities launched what they called the biggest FBI drug takedown in Camden in a decade. They charged 22 people after using wiretaps, confidential informants, and tracking devices hidden on vehicles driven by suspects.
NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane issued a pointed challenge this week to one of the loudest critics of her decision to quash a sting investigation targeting corruption among Philadelphia lawmakers: You think the case is so solid? You prosecute it. In a letter sent Wednesday to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Kane said "any law enforcement agency interested in taking this case should do so. " She added: "I invite you to contact our office to set up a time to accept the evidence.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Investigators are searching for leads in the murder of a couple who were found dead in their East Camden home this week, making them the city's third and fourth fatal shooting victims since Friday. The bodies of John Valerio, 23, and Aleshia Schmincke Hill, 25, were found just before 1:45 p.m. Monday by their landlord, who went to the property to make a repair and called 911. Police who responded to the house on North 26th Street found a gruesome scene: Valerio's body was downstairs, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, while Hill was found in an upstairs bedroom.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116@Lmccrystal
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Monday assailed Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's latest bid to dismiss the criminal case against her, calling frivolous and irrelevant her claim that she is the victim of a selective and vindictive prosecution. In a court filing, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Kane's argument, which they called "yet another chapter in her wearied feud" with former state investigators who they say have no influence on the current case. Kane faces an August trial on perjury and other charges after allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to a Daily News reporter and later lying about it under oath.
NEWS
December 1, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia Housing Authority manager was charged with conspiracy and fraud Friday in the theft of PHA building supplies worth $431,848. Richard Perri, who was a maintenance supervisor, allegedly resold the materials, which were to be used to repair homes for PHA's low-income tenants between 2002 and 2008. Perri, 40, of Northeast Philadelphia, also was charged with concocting phony invoices and spreadsheets to cover up the theft. Neither Perri nor his attorney, Gregory J. Pagano, could be reached for comment.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, Mark Fazlollah, Kristen A. Graham, and Joseph Tanfani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities are investigating why a company owned by the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was paid $450,000 by an education firm that has received millions in contracts from the Philadelphia School District, according to sources familiar with the probe. Agents from the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department served two search warrants early Wednesday for Chaka Fattah Jr.'s records, the first at his apartment at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. They also seized Fattah's records and a computer from the Logan Square law office of David T. Shulick.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission on Thursday cleared the way for a look into whether Verizon is properly maintaining its plants, lines, and facilities throughout the state. In October, one of two unions now striking Verizon asked the commission to investigate what it described as hazardous conditions - broken poles, sagging cables, and ungrounded cables. Verizon objected, writing that the Communications Workers of America "should not be permitted to commandeer the Commission's enforcement authority to . . . put regulatory pressure . . . as a labor negotiation strategy.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis Craig R. McCoy and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - On Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said there were "inexplicable delays" in the Jerry Sandusky investigation and suggested that may have set the stage for two more young men to be victimized. She said the two told prosecutors they had been abused while the state was undertaking its 33-month investigation. Kane said she could not give details except to say the two were not among the 10 victims Sandusky was later charged with sexually assaulting. Late Tuesday, Kane's office acknowledged that she misspoke - that Sandusky had indeed been charged with abusing one of the young men. In fact, prosecutors had called him to the stand during the 2012 trial and a jury convicted Sandusky of abusing him. On Tuesday, one day after Kane released a report that failed to affirm many of her complaints about the Sandusky investigation, the focus turned to Kane herself and her new charge that a bogged-down investigation may have enabled Sandusky to strike again.
NEWS
January 1, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with a 2004 sexual attack on a former Temple University employee - capping a year in which similar claims from dozens of women left the entertainer's career and reputation in tatters. The case, unveiled by Montgomery County authorities after a five-month investigation, constitutes the first attempt to prosecute the television icon once celebrated as "America's Dad. " It also sets the stage for what is all but certain to be a blockbuster trial that could send Cosby, 78, to prison for a decade.
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