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June 28, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity said Thursday that District Attorney Seth Williams should have dropped an investigation of five Philadelphia Democrats allegedly caught on tape taking bribes. Williams announced last week that he was taking the case to a grand jury. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane had dropped the investigation in 2013, calling it tainted by racism and overly reliant on an informant with a checkered past. The Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy, said in an interview late Thursday that the way the investigation was conducted - using an informant and soliciting the alleged corruption - represents a major problem in the justice system.
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June 27, 2014
Attorney General Kathleen Kane's reckless treatment of facts surrounding the sexual assault investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky threatens to undermine her office. Kane's election in 2012 was in part due to the public's response to her allegation that Gov. Corbett, when he was attorney general, delayed the Sandusky case because he feared political damage to his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. An independent examiner reported Monday that there was no evidence of that.
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June 26, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The report released Monday by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane into the three-year investigation of child sex-abuser Jerry Sandusky did little to change opinions of a Pennsylvania State University community still deeply divided over the scandal. Those who believe mistakes were made in the investigation, including delays by investigators under Gov. Corbett when he was attorney general, continue to believe so, and contend that they see such evidence in the report. Those who think Corbett and his successors did right by taking time to build a strong case without political motive say the report only buttresses their views.
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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
June 25, 2014
A long-awaited report probing the investigation that led to the conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges points out disturbing delays in his prosecution that may have put other children in danger. The report includes no evidence to support Attorney General Kathleen Kane's earlier allegation that the delays may have been politically motivated. But neither does the report categorically rule out that possibility. During her 2012 election campaign, Kane suggested that Gov. Corbett, who as attorney general in 2009 began the Sandusky investigation, was slow to prosecute the case because he feared alienating powerful Penn State supporters, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
NEWS
June 25, 2014
ATTORNEY General Kathleen Kane has released an exhaustive investigation of her predecessor's handling of the Jerry Sandusky case, and the results should provide her with a valuable lesson: If you're going to accuse a former attorney general of political motivation in his handling of a case, you risk having your own accusations seem, well, politically motivated - especially if you made those allegations the centerpiece of your own campaign, and the...
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June 25, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police continued their investigation Monday into three deadly shootings over the weekend. The first happened at 11:13 p.m. Saturday, when police dispersing a crowd of several hundred at a barbecue on Eighth and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia heard shots fired nearby. Police rushed to the 700 block of Montgomery Avenue, where they found two victims: 16-year-old Jameer Haynesworth of the 1700 block of North Franklin Street, who had been shot in the back of the head, and a 20-year-old man with a wound to his back.
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June 24, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A report into the three-year investigation of serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky found that prosecutors, facing a shaky initial witness, had reason to take their time to build a case with multiple victims, according to sources familiar with the document. Though raising questions about delays in the inquiry, the report, scheduled to be released Monday, does not fault prosecutors for using a grand jury to investigate Sandusky, the sources said. It also found no evidence that politics or a lack of resources influenced the investigation.
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June 20, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Twenty-six months after an undercover operative allegedly made his last secret payment to a Philadelphia politician, a sting investigation that started and stopped has a renewed life. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Wednesday that he had named a team of four top prosecutors to present the sting evidence to an investigative grand jury. Williams pledged to complete the reborn investigation in "months, not years. " Prosecutors began calling witnesses before the 36-member jury about two weeks ago, his office revealed.
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