Get Our Newsletter



Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

December 2019
S M T W T F S
« Nov    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Tag: Patrick Meehan

Ex-Interim Philly U.S. Atty. Suspended for 100 Days

Ex-U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Philly interim U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid, who is now an assistant U.S. Attorney, has agreed to a 100 day suspension without pay for violating federal restrictions on political contributions in connection with fund-raisers for U.S. Rep. Patrick L. Meehan and former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The paper reported that the settlement, completed Thursday in the ethics case, was investigated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

The penalty was part of a settlement completed Thursday that concluded an ethics case pursued by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal agency. The suspension is slated to begin Sept. 6.

“I have spent my life devoted to public service, and I am looking forward to continuing my work as a prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Magid said Friday in a statement to the newspaper.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has alleged that as a government employee Magid improperly held fundraisers for Sen. Arlen Specter in 2008 and one for U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan in 2009, and solicited funds from subordinates at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the fundraisers, according to the counsel’s Feb. 15 document.

The special counsel recommended disciplinary action for violating the Hatch Act law. which limits political activity by federal employees.

Magid was the first assistant U.S. Attorney from summer 2005 until July 2008 when she became acting U.S. Attorney. From February 2009 to May 2009 she was the interim U.S. Attorney and then was replaced.

The Office of Special Counsel document stated that in 2008, Magid’s husband was hosting a fundraiser at their home for Sen. Arlen Specter.

The document alleged that she helped her husband and invited eight assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAs) for the Sen. Specter fundraiser.

“At least one one AUSA expressed concern that he felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser,” the document said.

In early 2009, the husband threw a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Patrick Meehan, the former U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided to run for Congress. Magid helped her husband with the invite list, which included 35 of her subordinate employees. Of those, about 18 got the invitations at their official U.S. Attorney address, the document said.

“When invitations were received, performance evaluations were in progress,” the document said. “Several of respondent’s subordinate employees expressed concerns that they felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser or make a financial contribution.”

Ex-Philly Interim U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid in Hot Water

Ex-U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-interim Philly U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid is facing some serious allegations.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has alleged that as a government employee Magid improperly held fundraisers for Sen. Arlen Specter in 2008 and one for U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan in 2009, and solicited funds from subordinates at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the fundraisers, according to the counsel’s Feb. 15 document posted on  Politico.

The special counsel has recommended disciplinary action for violating the Hatch Act law. which  limits political activity by federal employees.

Magid was the first assistant U.S. Attorney from summer 2005 until  July 2008 when she became acting U.S. Attorney. From February 2009 to May 2009 she was the interim U.S. Attorney and then was replaced.

The Office of Special Counsel document stated that in  2008, Magid’s husband was hosting a fundraiser at their home for Sen. Arlen Specter.

The document alleged that she helped her husband and invited eight assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAs) for the Sen. Specter fundraiser.

“At least one one AUSA expressed concern that he felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser,” the document said.

In early 2009, the husband threw a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Patrick Meehan, the former U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided to run for Congress. Magid helped her husband with the invite list, which included 35 of her subordinate employees. Of those, about 18 got the invitations at their official U.S. Attorney address, the document said.

“When invitations were received, performance evaluations were in progress,” the document said. “Several of respondent’s subordinate employees  expressed concerns that they  felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser or make a financial contribution.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Magid did not respond to an e-mail for comment, and a person at her home said she was not available to respond.

Read Document

Congressional Bids for 3 Ex-U.S. Attorneys a Little Tricky

Patrick Meehan/doj photo

Patrick Meehan/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Politics can be a little tricky, and tricky it may be for three ex-Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney’s who are running as Republicans for Congress.

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane reports that the three U.S. Attorneys are “running in districts held by Democrats, the GOP candidates are betting that their prosecutions in cases ranging from illegal immigration to local corruption will trump questions about their connections to the Bush White House.”

“You’re wearing the white hat, protecting people and seeing justice done,” Patrick Meehan, a former U.S. attorney for southeastern Pennsylvania, told the Post in explaining the appeal of ex-federal prosecutors.

Besides, Meehan, the other two candidates are Thomas Marino, an ex-U.S. attorney for northeastern Pennsylvania, and Timothy Griffin, an ex-interim U.S. attorney in Little Rock.

The Democrats are calling them “Bush retreads”, the Post reported.

“Middle-class families will reject these Washington-insider Republican candidates for representing a return to the failed Bush agenda, and they won’t be able to hide from their dirty records,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Ryan Rudominer told the Post.

To read more click here.

Ex-Penn. Sate Senator Fumo’s Sentence Was Better than the Plea the Feds Offered

Ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo

Ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes it pays to gamble with the feds.

That’s what legendary ex-Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent J.  Fumo learned.

The wily politician was apparently offered a plea agreement before trial which called for him to plead guilty to one count of fraud and get no more than 5 years, according to a story in the  Philadelphia Daily News.

Fumo passed on that, went to trial and was convicted. The other day, U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter gave him 55 months in prison, less than what he could have gotten under the plea.

The sentence triggered a lot of griping from a number of people including ex-U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, who was in office when the case began. Meehan thought the sentence was far too light.

“I was in the courtroom. I have yet to hear him acknowledge that he stole money,” Meehan said, according to the Associated Press.

The Philadelphia Daily News also reported that the 5 year offer was taken off the table in February 2008 and later replaced with a 10 year maximum sentence.