Monday, March 17, 2014

Committee Of Seventy Urges Pennsylvania General Assembly To Create An Independent Counsel To Investigate Dismissed Three-Year Philadelphia Sting Operation

The Committee of Seventy, a non-partisan organization, today issued the below release:

The Committee of Seventy today urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to quickly allow for the creation of an independent counsel to conduct a fair and non-partisan investigation into a dismissed three-year sting operation that allegedly captured on tape four state representatives taking money from an undercover informant. The operation, which also involved a former traffic court judge accepting a bracelet, was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday.

... Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she dropped the "botched" and "deeply flawed" sting operation, which took place before she took office, after learning "there may have been a racial focus to the targets of the investigation, improper reporting, inadequate resources and inadmissible evidence." Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams called Kane's suggestion of racism "ridiculous" and "explosive."

You can read the rest of the press release via the below link:

You can also read Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy's Philadelphia Inquirer piece on the dismissed sting operation via the below link:

And you can read my Crime Beat column on Philadelphia's corrupt and contented past via the below link:

Note: Above is the official photo of PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

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