I read an interesting article in the new edition of Philadelphia City Paper today. There's an article in there called "No Exceptions" by Julia Harte. This article speaks about a case where two men were booted from the country because they were convicted of a crime and federal regulations from 1996. The prosecutor of that case was Seth Williams himself. You guys should read it. It might make you ponder some things...
I'm glad the Temple News put together this package on the new DA, because I do think it is something that was marginalized, especially considering the high profile, close race for governor going on next door in NJ. I'm guessing the media assumed, not incorrectly, that the race for Philly DA was a fairly done deal, and didn't cover it as intensely as other stories. Not only were there other high-profile stories occurring nearby (Corzine/Christie/Daggett and also NY District 23), but there are huge national and global stories as well (health care reform, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear ambitions, etc...) that dominate the media. This, on top of the everyday anxieties facing the average person (like the jobless recovery, for instance), and the stretching-thin of reporters due to layoffs and the like and it's easy to see how people have missed the stories on figures like DA and Philly Controller. Its immediate and relevant, but for those making the news decisions and those reading the news, it may not seem as pressing as other issues. Therein lies the problem, I think.
I think it is absolutely great we had the opportunity to meet Seth Williams and then shortly after he was elected District Attorney. In this class there are so many great people that visit and speak to us, it's such a great networking opportunity.
He was a really good speaker. I respect the ladder that he had to climb to success. I'm sure that took a lot of patience and hope.
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