Morning Headlines: McCoy, Lawyers Meet With D.A.’s Office
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:
LeSean McCoy and his attorneys met with prosecutors on Tuesday. FOP President John McNesby is keeping up the pressure to file charges against the NFL star.
McCoy, accused of getting into a brawl with off-duty police officers earlier this month, left the meeting without speaking to reporters, CBS3 reports. “The one quote I have on the public record is exactly that,” said McCoy’s attorney Dennis Cogan. “He did nothing wrong, but I’m not going to say anything more about it.” Meanwhile, John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, continued to demand charges be filed. Speaking on Rich Zeoli’s radio show, he said: “This thing’s taken a life of its own. I’ve never seen anything take so long for a bar brawl. I think they are way overthinking. … All you have to do is take a look at the case and look at the severity of the injuries and then move forward.” 6ABC reports D.A. Seth Williams is resisting the pressure. “The last thing anyone wants is a rush to judgment so, again, it is my job to get it right and not get it fast,” Williams said. “I know there are some people who are clambering that I have it resolved one minute from now, and that wouldn’t be the prudent thing.”
Renee Chenault-Fattah has parted ways with NBC10.
She’d been on leave for six months, following the indictment of her husband — Congressman Chaka Fattah — on federal charges. The Inquirer reports: “Renee Chenault-Fattah no longer works at NBC10,” the station said Tuesday. “She remains a friend and valued colleague to all of us. We are truly grateful for her many years of service to the station and our viewers.” She posted Tuesday night to her Facebook page: “A new year brings change for all of us. One change for me is leaving NBC10. My love for the people of the Delaware Valley goes all the way back to my days as a law student at Penn. I have had a terrific 24years as a reporter and anchor at NBC10 and I wish the team all the best.” Her husband has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
One consequence of Marc Vetri’s merger with Urban Outfitters: The loss of 30 employees who didn’t meet federal immigration standards.
Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo reports: Marc Vetri confirms that the more than 400 current employees — as well as all future employees — of his restaurants must now undergo E-Verify screening, an online process that works with Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to determine if an employee is legally eligible for work in the United States. If you don’t pass the E-Verify screening, you can no longer work at Vetri spots, as the 30 workers recently discovered — at least one of them a 10-year veteran of the restaurants. “It just sucks,” says Vetri. ” You have second- and third-generation immigrants who have raised families here, and there’s still no real road for them to get legal, even though they are the fabric of our society.”
A transgender woman was killed Sunday night, raising alarms in Philly’s LGBT community.
NBC10 reports Maya Young, 25, was found the 4800 block of Penn Street with stab wounds to her neck and chest; she died 20 minutes later at Aria Frankford Hospital. Her slaying comes a year after two transgender women in the city in 2015. “Maya’s name and memory now join an ever growing list of trans identified people who have lost their lives at far too young an age to violence,” Nellie Fitzpatrick, director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, told the TV station. A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Challengers are trying to knock State Rep. Brian Sims off the ballot.
Philly Mag’s Holly Otterbein reports: On Tuesday, Sims’ nominating petitions were challenged by two separate groups of people. Attorney Charles Gibbs filed one challenge on behalf of Walter Spencer and Sunanda Ghosh. Lawyer Lawrence Otter filed another on behalf of Michael Connor and Allison Andrew. Ballot challenges are a routine part of the election season. Other Philly Democrats facing challenges this year include state Rep. Jason Dawkins, former state Rep. James Clay, Jr. and attorney Jared Solomon. (You can read the full list here.) But the fact that Sims’ nominating petitions are being challenged shows that the 182nd District race is still on despite Sims’ recent decision to drop out of the Congressional contest — and at least one of Sims’ opponents thinks he can be knocked off the ballot.
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