Ten days ago, we shared video with you of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter showing off his dance moves at a GlaxoSmithKline event, where the company was announcing $5 million in grants to local non-profits. Well, new video has surfaced showing Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams dancing at a charity event, and suffice to say that Williams makes Nutter look like Pee-Wee Herman. Read more »
A dozen candidates found out last week that legal challenges had been filed against them to try to kick them off the May 19th primary ballot.
So far, three hopefuls have lost their challenges, according to the City Commissioners’ office: Sheriff candidate Larry King (seriously, that’s his name), 9th Council District candidate Archye Leacock and City Commissioner candidate Dennis Lee.
The most fascinating ballot challenges that remain are against City Commissioner Stephanie Singer and mayoral candidate Milton Street.
Thursday night’s town hall on policing at Lawncrest Recreation Center was scheduled weeks before D.A. Seth Williams announced that he would not bring charges in the killing of Brandon Tate-Brown. But that announcement today assured that emotions would be running high, and just as soon as the meeting opened with the introduction of Commissioner Charles Ramsey, protest broke out. Things escalated from there. The meeting eventually resumed; numerous protesters were reportedly arrested, none requiring medical attention. Read more »
The Brandon Tate-Brown saga isn’t over. It might be just beginning.
Hours after District Attorney Seth Williams said he would not bring criminal charges against the two officers involved in the December shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown, his mother and her attorney suggested that a civil suit is still likely — and that they have evidence which contradicts Williams’ basis for declining charges.
“I want transparency,” said Tanya Dickerson, Tate-Brown’s mother, at a press conference in front of City Hall. “We don’t see transparency.” Read more »
No charges will be brought against the officers who shot Brandon Tate-Brown, District Attorney Seth Williams said today at a midday press conference.
“In this case the facts show a tragedy. A terrible tragedy. But not a crime,” Williams said. Read more »
Let’s give Seth Williams a round of applause.
I’m not being facetious here. Williams’ decision to take Kathleen Kane’s “double-dog dare” last year and pursue charges against Philly Democrats caught on tape accepting cash and gifts has been a triumph on several counts: Politically, he’s come across as a stalwart prosecutor and made Kane look feckless by comparison. His decision has also been a small-but needed-victory over the everyday corruption most of us assume pervades this city’s politics.
But the experience offers a lesson Williams almost certainly doesn’t want to learn. Read more »
We’ve officially entered that most wonderful time of year: Ballot Challenge Season.
To get on the May 19th primary ballot, a candidate running for citywide office in Philadelphia must get at least 1,000 voters to sign their nomination petitions. That paperwork must be filed by today, March 10th.
But the signatures can’t come from just anyone: They must be from registered voters of the candidate’s party. Each voter must write out their full name, address and the date on the petition, in addition to their signature. If any of these items are missing or somehow flawed, a candidate is leaving themselves open to a legal challenge from another campaign. Because why beat the competition in an open election when you can eliminate them beforehand?
The “double-dog dare” continues to backfire on Kathleen Kane.
Nearly a year after the attorney general invited Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams — one of her loudest critics — to try to prosecute the “abandoned sting” of corrupt Philly lawmakers she had decided not to prosecute, despite having recordings of those lawmakers accepting gifts that were never reported to the state. Williams gleefully accepted the offer and not long after started cranking out the prosecutions.
He’ll add three more names to that list today at a news conference where he’ll announce charges against “two current and one former” state representatives. He did not name them, but the Inquirer and Daily News identified the three as State Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee and former State Rep. Harold James, all Democrats from Philly. Read more »
On February 24th, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin Ford met with Philadelphia police to take a prisoner facing deportation into custody and transfer him to York County Prison. But what he didn’t know is that the prisoner was actually an undercover Philadelphia police officer. Read more »