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Philadelphia DA Creates New Public Corruption Task Force

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams has created a new task force designed specifically to weed out public corruption in the city.

Although he doesn’t believe that corruption has surged here in recent years, DA Williams does acknowledge a longstanding culture of corruption in Philadelphia.

In an effort to change that culture, he’s hired Patrick Blessington, a longtime prosecutor with the state attorney general’s office, to form a new Corruption Prosecution Task Force.

“This task force will be formed in our office so we can more collaboratively work with the US attorney’s office, the attorney general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the municipal inspector general so that we can ensure that Philadelphians clean up Philadelphia,” Williams said.

Williams says the task force will investigate corruption wherever it is found, from the police department to city agencies to corporate boardrooms.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. Maggie says:

    Mr Williams, I completely agree with the need for a Public Corruption Task Force. I have been the victim of continual hate crimes by many members of Philadelphia Political body and agencies, as you well know. Your friend Ward Leader Vernon Price started out with spreading destructive rumors about me and he and Derek Green and PWD and City PLanning and many others tried to hide the public health hazards that caused several hospitalizations, severe trauma, denial of civil rights and denial of police protection and many many other violations which have consistently risked my life. These crimes committed by political officials ,often with financial and political reasons for the abuse have behaved in worse ways them Carl Green in their directed and intentional abuse of me. This has harmed myself and my entire family. These are hate crimes designed to hide other crimes. You have ignored and colluded with them for many years. Perhaps you have gone through a conversion and are now able to proceed with a mediation process to remedy the extreme life threatening and illegal crimes have you have knowingly allowed.

  2. Hater says:

    Anything to distract the public from the total inability to curb the out of control, escalating gun crime in the city.

  3. ROUND UP ALL THE USUAL says:

    BUT LETS NOT TALK ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL SCHOOL BOARD AND ITS
    FEARLESS LEADER, SISTER ARLENE……..

    SAYS HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE

    I CAN NEVER ACCEPT HER WAYS, ITS BEST SHE LEAVE , NOW

  4. Francis Graff says:

    Mr. District Attorney, it’s very odd that now in these dire money woes, you want a task force. Why didn’t you go after white collar crime when you were Lynn’s number one. Are you saying, she was soft on political corruption? I smell a campaign Sir, one that’s focusing on the Governor;s chair for you, and we don’t really need that right now. You have a full plate of cases right now, and their piling up. Don;t come back and start complaining you need more money to handle case loads. This Blessington guy sounds to me like a public relations attorney, who got Tom to the next step, is that your aim. Please, it’s so obvious you have your interest in mind, not ours. Clean up your current workload, that’s what we want, put those drive bys and kid killers in jail first, let Blessington and the crime lab find their own jobs, we can’t afford him right now and a task force. By the way, what is the Police Commissioner doing for his big bucks? Are you now a Special Prosecutor too. I am sick of it all, I really thought you wanted to help us little people out.

  5. Angelo says:

    He should start in his own office.

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