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March 7, 1995 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The personal secretary of City Commissioner Alexander Z. Talmadge Jr. has sued Talmadge, two deputy commissioners and the city, contending that she was exiled to a nonexistent warehouse job because she blew the whistle on vote fraud. Tanya L. Brown said in a suit filed last week in federal district court that she had been forced to work in the city's voting machine warehouse for the last six months as retribution for her testimony about illegal voting in the Second District state Senate race in November.
NEWS
July 15, 1999 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Julie Welker, a candidate for John F. Street's old City Council seat in the May 18 Democratic primary, yesterday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that her opponent - Darrell Clarke - and Street's political organization stole the election from her with a conspiracy to commit vote fraud. Welker lost the Democratic nomination for the Fifth District Council seat to Clarke, a former Street aide, by 141 votes. He faces no Republican opposition in the Nov. 2 election. Clarke was out of town on vacation yesterday and could not be reached for comment, but Street, through a spokeswoman, called Welker's allegations "groundless.
NEWS
January 13, 2000 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said yesterday that she was ending an investigation into allegations of vote fraud in the Democratic primary election for the Fifth District City Council seat because those who made the allegations have provided no evidence of wrongdoing. Abraham's announcement was the latest setback for Fairmount real estate broker Julie Welker, the candidate who lost the Democratic primary race for John F. Street's old Council seat by 141 votes on May 18. Welker has campaigned vigorously to have the results overturned.
NEWS
February 1, 2000 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Citing a lack of evidence, a federal judge yesterday dismissed a case alleging that widespread vote fraud rigged the outcome of last year's Democratic primary for the Fifth District City Council seat - the territory that John F. Street represented when he was in Council. The losing candidate, Fairmount real-estate broker Julie Welker, took the case to federal court after losing by only 141 votes on May 18 to Darrell Clarke, a former aide to Street. Clarke is now serving as councilman, representing the Fifth District.
NEWS
August 14, 1999 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Not much has happened in the courtroom, but on paper there's a war of words raging in Julie Welker's federal lawsuit contending that a far-flung vote-fraud conspiracy caused her narrow defeat in the Democratic primary for John F. Street's old City Council seat. Lawyers in the case have been using the slow summer months to lob verbal grenades at each other. As of yesterday, Welker was suing one of her former lawyers for criticizing her conspiracy theory in a public letter; her current attorney was trying to get a city lawyer removed from the case for trying to hire Welker's former handwriting expert; and the city solicitor had filed a motion trying to get Welker's complaint dismissed, saying, among other things, that it "reads more like a supermarket tabloid than a proper legal pleading.
NEWS
September 14, 1994 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city has agreed to pay private lawyers $119,000 for representing city employees who have been questioned in a state investigation of vote fraud in the Nov. 2 Second District Senate race. And the bill is sure to grow. Deputy City Solicitor James B. Jordan said yesterday that his office had contracts with 11 lawyers or law firms to represent the employees, including the three city commissioners. He said additional lawyers would be hired as more employees were called to testify before a statewide investigating grand jury.
NEWS
August 19, 1999 | RON CORTES / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Julie Welker speaks at a news conference yesterday outside District Attorney Lynne Abraham's office at 1421 Arch St. Welker, who lost the May 18 Democratic primary for the Fifth District City Council seat to Darrell Clarke, called for a criminal probe into what she contends was vote fraud that cost her the race.
NEWS
May 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Members of the National Movement for Free Election in the Philippines watch a computer screen for ballot returns. Filipinos voted last week in their first congressional elections in 15 years, but critics accused President Corazon C. Aquino of vote fraud. The administration-backed candidates won 23 of 24 Senate seats and almost all the 200 House seats.
NEWS
February 14, 1996 | By Craig R. McCoy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The election forms for one potential voter said she had a "heart condition. " She didn't. The form for another said she had to use an absentee ballot because of her "high-risk pregnancy. " Trouble was, she wasn't pregnant. Sound familiar? The bag of hustles and tricks used to steal an election in Philadelphia three years ago yawned open again yesterday as one of the participants in that theft stood before a judge for sentencing. And after being tongue-lashed by a prosecutor and more gently criticized by the judge, the defendant, Craig Cummons, 42, was placed on one year's probation for his crimes in the infamous, fraud-soaked 1993 state Senate election in Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 17, 1995 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The New Jersey primary isn't until June, but Blackwood resident Yolanda Rios was busy at the polls yesterday - as an election judge in Philadelphia's 18th Ward. Gloucester County resident Joseph Ricca, who spent eight months in Allenwood for vote fraud, was back in the city's Second Ward yesterday - as an election judge. And in the 42d Ward, Fani Papanikolau was the Democratic poll watcher. In March, she pleaded guilty to 22 counts of vote fraud. The grand jury that indicted her said she lived in New Jersey.
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