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May 5, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
For Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, it now comes down to this: Can he bring charges in the aborted sting investigation that captured five Philadelphia Democrats on tape accepting money or gifts? For weeks now, Williams has been critical of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's decision to shut down the sting, despite having recordings of elected officials taking money - in some instances apparently in return for votes. With Williams now in possession of the investigation's evidence and case file, legal and political analysts say the district attorney has several options going forward, including a full-blown prosecution or a bid for plea deals.
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April 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. Authorities continued their investigation Saturday into a Friday-afternoon fire that destroyed five vacation houses along the 7800 block of Pleasure Avenue in this Shore resort. Police said investigators would return to the scene Monday. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday. At its height, the seven-alarm fire brought out 14 local departments and three emergency medical service squads, said Lt. Thomas McQuillen of the Sea Isle City Police Department.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
The law firm that produced the report that said Gov. Christie was clear of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge controversy recently donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which Christie leads. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher made the donation to the RGA on March 18, according to IRS filings made public Tuesday. The donation came nine days before the firm released its report on Christie's administration. Christie has been chairman of the RGA since November, traveling out of New Jersey to drum up donations for fellow Republican governors.
NEWS
April 18, 2014
ON BEHALF OF Casmir Care Services Inc. and its CEO, Chetachi Ecton, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the Sankey family and all who are affected by Christina Sankey's tragic death. Despite the unsubstantiated allegations and skewed facts in recent Philly.com articles, it would be inappropriate for Casmir Care to comment further on the specific allegations due to medical privacy issues and until all interested parties have finished their independent and thorough investigation.
NEWS
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.
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