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September 2, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A women's advocacy group on Monday condemned two city prosecutors linked to pornographic and racially charged emails revealed in court documents unsealed last week. The Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women said it "strongly denounces the demeaning, misogynistic, and racist emails sent by Frank Fina and E. Marc Costanzo on state-owned computers while they worked for the Attorney General's Office. " Fina and Costanzo now work for District Attorney Seth Williams.
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August 29, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
He has played up his experience as a former federal prosecutor, declared victory over the "Democratic machine" in New Jersey, and downplayed the disappearance of text messages exchanged with an aide. As Gov. Christie continues to rack up national television and radio appearances during his presidential quest, he has at times pitched his record with little context, leaving his comments open to misleading interpretations. Between Sunday and Thursday, Christie made 11 media appearances.
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August 28, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of trying to influence potential jurors with recent public statements in which he touted his accomplishments in Congress and questioned the motives of authorities handling his case. In a motion filed in federal court, Justice Department lawyers cited Fattah's statements to reporters and a YouTube video he posted in response to a July 29 indictment charging him with racketeering conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, and other crimes.
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August 28, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
As Attorney General Kathleen Kane plotted to leak secret grand jury information and instructed aides to spy on her employees' emails, prosecutors said, she used personal email accounts to conduct business. Revelations about Kane's use of personal emails led Montgomery County prosecutors to serve search warrants for her Yahoo and AOL email accounts as they built a criminal case against her. On Monday, Kane was held for trial on charges of leaking confidential information to embarrass a critic and then lying about it under oath.
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August 26, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Federal prosecutors accused Sen. Robert Menendez of using "sensational" and "histrionic" arguments in his defense against corruption charges, while themselves recounting unproven prostitution allegations Monday, adding more sharp-edged filings to a case already bristling with animosity. "The defendants' careless use of the evidence and case law to support their attacks accomplishes little more than the continued erosion of their credibility," prosecutors wrote, responding to 15 motions last month by Menendez (D., N.J.)
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August 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah fired back at federal prosecutors Monday, saying the officials who have leveled racketeering charges against him used "unconstitutional and unlawful" threats and questionable motives to build their case. The five-page letter represented Fattah's most forceful response yet to the charges brought against him in July, and offered hints at how he will battle the allegations in public and perhaps in court. In particular, Fattah, a Philadelphia Democrat, ripped Paul Gray, the assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia handling his case, writing that Gray has said congressional "earmarks were corrupt" and that Fattah was "guilty of something.
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August 8, 2015 | By Matt Gelb and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Feeling under attack from reporters and political enemies she believed were out to end her career, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane saw the conflict in stark terms. "This is war," she declared in an e-mail to an adviser in March 2014. Nine days later, prosecutors said, she deployed an office spy. Patrick Reese, her driver and the chief of her personal security detail, set in motion a cloak-and-dagger campaign that prosecutors said was designed to expose her enemies and snoop on state authorities as they built a criminal case against her. Now he faces criminal charges alongside her. Reese, a former police chief of Dunmore, a tiny borough outside Scranton, was described by prosecutors as one of Kane's "closest confidants" - a man Kane once said she trusted with her life.
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August 7, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IN THE tit-for-tat world of politics, where smear campaigns are an art form, Pennsylvania's top law enforcer yesterday found there is a limit to how far you can go in feuding with a foe. Attorney General Kathleen Kane, as well as her driver, former Dunmore, Lackawanna County, police chief Patrick Rocco Reese, were indicted in a scheme to discredit her political enemies by leaking confidential investigative information to the press and then later lying...
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July 24, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When ex-Eagle Irving Fryar needed money in 2008 and 2009, a financial adviser now serving time in federal prison told him about a scheme they could use to defraud banks, New Jersey Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo said in opening arguments at Fryar's trial in Mount Holly on Wednesday. By applying for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession, and using one property as collateral, the two men could obtain money that banks normally would not approve, Nicodemo told the jurors.
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July 19, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After denying a motion to have high-powered defense attorney Jack McMahon removed from the case, a judge on Friday told state prosecutors that he had doubts about whether evidence was sufficient to support a $20 million fraud case against the Risoldi family, the politically connected Bucks County clan accused of defrauding insurers. In particular, said Chester County Judge Thomas Gavin, he was unsure whether prosecutors could credibly charge all four family members and a coconspirator with being part of a corrupt organization, the most serious allegation in the case.
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