The man who ran Pennsylvania’s capital city for almost three decades is facing almost 500 criminal charges in an alleged scheme that seems so bizarre it could have come from the imagination of a script writer.
Chris continued to assess the Iranian nuclear, Whoopi Goldberg’s evolution on Bill Cosby’s rape charges, and President Obama’s speech to the NAACP in Philadelphia. He talked to columnist JD Mullane at 6:20, Al Jazeera America’s Ali Velshi at 7:18, and Tom McGrath from Philadelphia Magazine at 8:00.
Allegations revolve around Reed’s misuse of public money from various city entities, partly to buy up hundreds of artifacts in a failed plan to open museums, including one for the Old West.
Pennsylvania’s attorney general announced legal action against a chain of nursing home companies that operates 36 facilities in the state. The company is accusing Kathleen Kane of using her office inappropriately.
Montco DA Risa Ferman has been assigned to decide whether to file charges against Kane, in light of a grand jury report that accused Kane of leaking grand jury information and then lying about it.
Rendell told Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT he thinks she should vigorously fight back against the allegations.
Rich discussed the media coverage of the McKinney, Texas pool incident, a Philadelphia City Council proposal to require bars, restaurants, and parking garages to install surveillance cameras, and Iggy Azalea canceling her appearance at a gay pride concert in Pittsburgh. He also talked with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
The guilty plea to one count of conflict of interest entered by Michelle Brownlee comes just a week after guilty pleas from Representative Ronald Waters and former lawmaker Harold James.
A hearing is scheduled later this morning for a state lawmaker charged in a sting investigation that recorded Philadelphia elected officials accepting money.
Rich discusses the expiration of the Patriot Act, Caitlyn Jenner’s photo shoot for Vanity Fair, and the Supreme Court ruling that a man was wrongly convicted for posting threats on Facebook. He also talked with authors Josh Packard and Matthew Schmitz, and labor lawyer Rick Grimaldi.
This was the latest development in a sting operation that was shut down by the state attorney general and later resurrected by Philadelphia DA Seth Williams.
Anyone who believes they’ve been victimized by a scammer can file a complaint with the Office of Attorney General.
Montgomery County’s district attorney is adding the circumstances surrounding the firing of a state prosecutor to her investigation into Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
In a brief motions hearing this morning, Kane’s lawyer asked that the grand jury materials be released. But the judge’s compliance and speed in doing so was surprising.
A three judge panel in Montgomery County will hear motions Monday morning on why the Kathleen Kane should not have to explain why she fired her chief deputy.