February 1, 2003 |
A former assistant U.S. attorney who successfully helped prosecute two Philadelphia City Council members in a high-profile FBI investigation more than two decades ago has been appointed to lead a probe that could reach the governor's office. The Delaware County Redevelopment Authority said yesterday that Joseph M. Fioravanti would act as special counsel for the authority's fact-finding mission into a stalled application for a harness-racing track on the waterfront in Chester. The authority, made up of representatives from the Delaware County and Chester City governments, insists that Gov. Rendell unlawfully canceled a State Harness Racing Commission meeting at which the Chester Downs & Marina L.L.C.
June 11, 2009 |
Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C. won a victory in federal court yesterday when Judge Eduardo C. Robreno partially overturned a Bankruptcy Court order and said the company could hire special counsel to represent it in the investigation of an unauthorized recording. Robreno stopped short, however, of saying the owner of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com could hire Blue Bell law firm Elliott, Greenleaf & Siedzikowski P.C. to investigate the Nov. 17 taping of a meeting between the company and its creditors by Vincent DeVito, an executive with CIT Group Inc., a key lender.
March 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A special counsel testified Wednesday that overzealous U.S. prosecutors were so intent on winning a corruption case against the late Sen. Ted Stevens that they intentionally withheld information they were obligated to give the defense. Henry Schuelke 3d told the Senate Judiciary Committee that high-level officials in the Justice Department's public integrity section failed to supervise the prosecution team, also a factor in the botched case that led a judge to dismiss Stevens' conviction.
May 24, 1987 |
The Rose Tree Media school board has approved a budget proposal that would raise local taxes by 18.9 percent and hired a special counsel in its recent superintendent controversy. At a meeting Thursday night, the board voted, 5-3, to advance the proposed budget, which calls for spending $20.4 million, a 7.5 percent increase over last year's budget of $18.09 million. A final version of the budget will not be adopted until June 28. A public hearing on the budget is set for May 28. Not included in the budget are some program proposals that were supported by many administrators and teachers in the district.
August 11, 1995 |
A federal bankruptcy judge yesterday approved the hiring of veteran securities litigator Harold E. Kohn as special counsel to the trustee overseeing the liquidation of the collapsed Foundation for New Era Philanthropy. U.S. District Judge Bruce I. Fox approved trustee Arlin M. Adams' request to hire Kohn to pursue lawsuits against New Era president John G. Bennett Jr. and Bennett's accountants and security brokerage. The ruling came in a hearing that drew no formal opposition. Jesse R. Ruhl, a lawyer representing Messiah College, a small Christian liberal arts school near Harrisburg that says it lost $2 million with New Era, had filed an objection to Kohn's hiring last week.
December 3, 1986 |
Since the Ethics in Government law was enacted in 1978, independent counsels have conducted six investigations but have not brought a single criminal charge against anyone. The secrecy of the investigations, which operate under the jurisdiction of a three-judge federal panel, and the lack of prosecutions have angered some congressional aides and have led to charges by veteran Justice Department criminal lawyers that the probes are "insults" to their ability to prosecute wrongdoers objectively.
December 3, 1986 |
The swirling Iranian arms controversy is about to be handed over to an independent prosecutor, who will have enormous powers under federal law to ferret out any crimes committed by high-ranking officials and possibly others as well. But so far that law, a post-Watergate reform called the Ethics in Government Act, under which the prosecutor would be named, has not resulted in the filing of any criminal charges. Six special prosecutors - now officially called independent counsels - have been named since the law was enacted in 1978.
January 13, 1994 |
The special counsel in the Whitewater affair will have to address numerous questions to determine whether the President, Hillary Rodham Clinton or their associates broke any laws or acted improperly. Here are some of the key questions: Question: Were depositors' funds diverted from Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan to help retire Clinton's 1984 gubernatorial campaign debt? Background: On April 4, 1985, at then-Gov. Bill Clinton's request, James B. McDougal, Madison's owner, held a fund-raising event in the thrift's lobby that raised $35,000 for Clinton.
October 28, 2014 |
Colleagues say Robert Byer practices law with the precision of a diamond-cutter: Disciplined, dispassionate, and led by keen intelligence. "Beyond brilliant," said his college roommate, Philadelphia lawyer Jeffrey Pasek. An appellate expert, Oxford scholar, and former Commonwealth Court judge, lawyer for Ford Motor Co., Columbia Pictures, and Travelers Insurance, he has now been appointed special counsel to the fractured and fractious Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Byer, 62, is the court's attorney, its legal representative and adviser at a chaotic moment when the justices have suspended one of their own, Seamus McCaffery, in an evolving scandal over e-mailed pornography.
March 5, 1997
It's one sleazy espisode after another. As the evidence of wrongdoing by Democratic politicians and fund-raisers keeps building, it gets harder and harder for Attorney General Janet Reno not to name a new, independent counsel to investigate. The latest embarrassment hits Vice President Al Gore - who was seen as an Eagle Scout in an ethically challenged bunch. He did a chore even President Clinton refused - dialing fat cats to raise millions. It is unseemly for the vice president of the United States to be phoning donors all over the country, putting the touch on them for $50,000 and $100,000 a pop. A vice president has too much power to be easily rebuffed, especially by someone who does business with the government.