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April 17, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Corbett and his successor as the state's top prosecutor on Tuesday said it was inaccurate for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to suggest that they decided not to pursue charges in the sting investigation that recorded Philadelphia elected officials accepting money and gifts. Speaking to reporters after a bill-signing in Ambler, Montgomery County, Corbett called "misleading" Kane's assertion that her three predecessors, including him, decided that they could not bring charges in the case.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A veteran Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was named Tuesday to a new post in the District Attorney's Office to investigate claims from convicted people who say they are innocent. The Conviction Review Unit will be headed by Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson, District Attorney Seth Williams said at a news conference with the legal director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Williams and the Innocence Project's Marissa Bluestine described the new unit as a place where good-faith claims of people serving long prison terms can be investigated and possibly resolved without going through years of expensive post-conviction appeals.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are investigating an incident in which a 21-year-old man fell to his death from an apartment building near Temple University on Saturday. The man, whose name has not been released, was visiting friends who attend the university, police said. About 12:10 a.m., police responded to a call on the 1800 block of North 10th Street, where they found the man lying in the street, bleeding and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 12:46 at Temple University Hospital. Police found the fifth-floor apartment from which the man fell and forced their way in after no one responded to a knock at the door, police said.
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 10, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The sting investigation that caught at least five elected officials on tape accepting cash and gifts was far from dead and should not have been shut down. So said Claude Thomas, the sting's lead investigator, who spoke to The Inquirer on Tuesday about the long-running inquiry that was dropped after state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane took office early last year. Thomas, who worked for the Attorney General's Office for more than 25 years, said the sting was "ripe for continuation upon [Kane's]
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia never deemed a sting operation that targeted public corruption as too weak to prosecute, according to District Attorney Seth Williams and law enforcement sources familiar with the brief federal review of the investigation. The sources and Williams say the prosecutors never came to a judgment about the investigation one way or another before the state attorney general asked them to halt their review. Their statements echo a declaration by the Philadelphia office of the FBI, which said it made no judgment about whether the case was suitable for prosecution.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A DAY AFTER a burglary and apparent arson last week at a house owned by City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, authorities arrested Edwin Diana, 23, for the crime. Police say the investigation is closed and that Diana is the only suspect. But a week later, many in the neighborhood, near Norris Square in Kensington, are wondering if there's more to the story. Diana, a family friend who has known Sanchez for years, was living at a house two blocks away that, according to city records, was owned by Margaret Zapiec.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
PAULSBORO A federal agency has agreed to investigate the presence of a little-examined but toxic contaminant in Paulsboro and nearby towns, just as the state appears poised to take on the issue. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry indicated it would investigate the presence of perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), a type of perfluorinated compound (PFC), in the South Jersey area, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network announced Tuesday. The group filed a petition in August asking for the examination.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
  HARRISBURG - Republicans and Democrats in the state House of Representatives have joined in calling for legislation banning lawmakers from accepting money from lobbyists and others with a stake in state business. On Wednesday, the Republican and Democratic chairs of the House State Government Committee said they would introduce legislation to prohibit public officials and employees from accepting cash gifts from individuals, including lobbyists and the principals they represent.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
TOM WOLF, the front-runner in the May 20 Democratic primary for governor, yesterday criticized everyone involved in a controversial corruption probe run by the state Attorney General's Office. On Sunday, Wolf's four primary competitors declined to second-guess Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision - reported a week earlier by the Inquirer - to shut down an investigation that secretly recorded four state representatives from Philadelphia and a local Traffic Court judge allegedly taking money or gifts from a lobbyist.
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