Philadelphia District Attorney

Deadly train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015. (credit: CBS)

In Aftermath of Deadly Derailment, Officials Work To Clarify Legal Jurisdictions

Philadelphia DA Seth Williams says once the initial probe is complete, they’ll determine whether criminal charges should be filed and who will prosecute.

05/14/2015

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Judge Won’t Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Philadelphia’s Process of Seizing Properties Tied to Drug Cases

A Federal Judge has ruled that the DA and police will have to slug it out in court with homeowners as they attempt to take down the city’s process of seizing drug-related cash, cars and houses.

05/14/2015

(DA Seth Williams engages in a dialogue  with middle schoolers at the City School, in West Philadelphia, on the subjects of bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Phila. DA Williams Warns Schoolkids About Bullying and Cyberbullying

Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams engaged in a dialogue with 60 students at City School about the danger of using electronic devices to hurt someone by either words or photos.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

File Photo of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. (Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Phila. DA Says One Aspect of “21st-Century Policing” Report is All Wet

The report, commissioned by Pres. Obama, calls for external, independent investigations and outside prosecutors when police use deadly force.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/03/2015

(Pa. state representative Vanessa Lowery Brown, in undercover surveillance video.  Image provided by Phila. DA)

Phila. DA Reopens Corruption Charges Against 2 Pa. State Lawmakers

State representatives Vanessa Lowery Brown and Ron Waters (both D-Phila.) are charged with taking cash from an undercover agent. Pennsylvania’s attorney general had previously declared the cases dead.

12/16/2014

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Hundreds Rally in Love Park To Denounce Gay-Bashing

A growing coalition of state lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and other leaders are pressing for an amendment to Pennsylvania’s hate-crime law to protect the LGBT community.

09/25/2014

(The defendant's son, Anthony Wright Jr., in red shirt, is comforted following a court proceeding that would allow his father a new trial on rape and murder charges.  Photo by Tony Hanson)

Defendant’s Family Relieved as Phila. DA Agrees To Rape-Murder Retrial

The Philadelphia district attorney has agreed to vacate the man’s 1993 verdict and sentence, making way for a new trial based on new DNA evidence.

09/22/2014

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Philadelphia Homeowners Try To Stop DA’s Quick Property Seizures

The practice is called “Seize and Seal,” and it allows the Philadelphia DA’s office to get an order from a judge to seize a home that is linked to alleged drug activity.

09/09/2014

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2 Phila. Men Freed After Serving 15 Years For Murder Won’t Be Retried

The DA says the passage of time has made a new case too difficult to prosecute, so the charges against Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder are being dropped.

06/18/2014

(Mayor Nutter announces a new configuration for Philadelphia Traffic Court.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

DA’s Office Put In Charge of Prosecutions at Philadelphia Traffic Court

Philadelphia officials today unveiled details on the long-planned overhaul of the city’s corruption-tainted Traffic Court.

05/19/2014

February 19, 2014: (At a center city press conference, classmates of Darrin Manning sit behind (L-R) Paula Peebles of National Action Network Pa.; Veronica Joyner, principal at Manning's school; Lewis Small, Manning's attorney; Ikea Coney, Manning's mother; and Darrin Manning.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Honor Student Who Claims Genitals Manhandled During Police Patdown Reaches Agreement On Criminal Charges

For months, Mathematics Civics and Sciences Charter School student Darrin Manning faced aggravated assault, simple assault and other charges in connection with a January 7th pat down. But his attorney William Buckman says they’ve hammered out the charges with the DA’s office.

05/14/2014

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Philadelphia Man Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior Outside High School

A 45-year-old man is accused of inappropriate behavior outside of a local high school.

05/12/2014

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Dozens Charged in Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Ring

DA Seth Williams described a scheme that he says defrauded 21 insurance companies of some $400,000 over seven years.

04/23/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Phila. Councilmembers Weigh Changes To City’s Marijuana Laws

Councilman James Kenney notes that there were 4,200 arrests last year in Philadelphia involving people with small amounts of pot.

03/10/2014

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Trial Ordered For Phila. Man Charged With Fleecing Elderly WW II Vet

Police say defendant Shelton Thomas, 47, stole about $95,000 from victim Raymond Campbell, 93, of West Philadelphia.

03/07/2014

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