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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Attorney General Josh Shapiro says a telefunding scam that placed more than 61 million calls to numbers in Pennsylvania has been shut down. READ MORE: Mask Mandate Not Among COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Pennsylvania Considers Easing Shapiro’s office joined the FTC and dozens of agencies from 37 states along with the District of Columbia to enter a settlement with Associated Community Services and “a number” of related defendants, saying they “swindled generous Americans” into donating to charities that didn’t do what they said they’d do. Associated Community Services allegedly called numbers in Pennsylvania 61,526,158 times from 2016 to 2019. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Health Department Reports 3,028 New COVID-19 Cases, 50 Additional Deaths The Attorney General’s Office says the telefunding scam was massive, with over 47,000 Pennsylvania phone numbers called more than 10 times in a week, over 81,000 called...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro submitted a memo to the U.S. Senate as part of the impeachment trial. The memo declared the 2020 election in Pennsylvania was “free, fair and conducted in accordance with the Commonwealth’s laws.” Shapiro cited multiple suits Republicans filed that challenged the election results or asking that the election results be overturned. He also listed false statements former President Donald Trump repeated, including that thousands of dead people vote and absentee and mail-in ballots counts were inflated.
    A U.S. congressman from Pennsylvania is downplaying his role in reports of an attempted ouster of former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in a bid to overturn the 2020 election. Rep. Scott Perry confirmed in a Monday statement to WGAL News 8 that he introduced former Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark to former President Donald Trump, but he didn't specify that he had any particular reason for doing so other than fulfilling a request by the president. "Throughout the past four years, I worked with Assistant Attorney General Clark on various legislative matters," he said. "When President Trump asked if I would make an introduction, I obliged." On Friday, the New York Times published a report that said Clark informed Trump that not enough was being done by the Justice Department to investigate allegations of election fraud. After a conversation with the president, Clark called Rosen to inform him that...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After two days of silence, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania confirmed a New York Times report, saying Monday that he had introduced then-President Donald Trump to a top Justice Department lawyer who, according to the newspaper, discussed a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Perry, who has disputed the validity of President Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, did not say he necessarily made the introduction with the explicit goal of ousting the acting attorney general or overturning Biden’s victory or that he was privy to any such plans. But Perry did say he obliged Trump’s request for an introduction to the former assistant attorney general, Jeffrey Clark, who Perry knew from unrelated legislative matters, and the three men went on to discuss their shared concerns about the election. “My conversations with the president or the assistant attorney general, as they have...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was sworn in for his second term Tuesday in Harrisburg, officials announced. His swearing-in speech reflected on the big fights fought and won since taking office in 2017 -- and the ones to come in his second term.  “Four years ago, I was elected your Attorney General to fulfill the promise of this great agency, to work towards justice, and to take on the big fights, against the most powerful institutions, for every one of us," Shapiro said. "I went to every corner of Pennsylvania — all 67 counties — the very first year, to listen…The work goes on — it must — because as we have seen over the past year, there is a long way to go.” In his first term, Shapiro was widely recognized for his work in combating the country's opioid epidemic by leading a multi-state investigation into pharmaceutical manufacturers and...
    FORMER attorney general and Pennsylvania governor Dick Thornburgh has died at the age of 88. The "unequaled public servant" died on New Year's Eve at a retirement home near Pittsburgh, his son David said. 6His career in government stretched back to the 1960sCredit: AP:Associated Press 6The cause of his death is not yet knownCredit: AP:Associated Press 6He served as Pennsylvania's governor between 1979 and 1987Credit: AP:Associated Press The cause of his death is not yet known. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. His eldest son, John Thornburgh, told Penn Live: "There was nothing on his to-do list that he didn’t check off. So his life was full." John described his dad as "a wonderful family man". He added: "The last couple of months he’s been in a slow decline. He died peacefully with my mother...
    Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve the United Nations’...
    More On: attorney general How a great AG could set Barr higher — protect Hunter Biden probe : Goodwin Why Andrew Cuomo would be a horrible pick for US attorney general Andrew Cuomo among contenders for Joe Biden’s AG: report Biden to announce AG, defense secretary picks this week Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal....
    Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve the United Nations’...
    Richard Thornburgh, who rose to national prominence with his unruffled handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear crisis as Pennsylvania governor and later battled white-collar crime as U.S. attorney general, died on Thursday at the age of 88. The Pennsylvania governors office confirmed on Twitter that Thornburgh died on Thursday. It did not give details. During the partial meltdown at Pennsylvanias Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, Thornburgh sought to put the public at ease, calling for a partial evacuation and overseeing cleanup efforts. It was the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. President Ronald Reagan picked Thornburgh, a fellow Republican, to be attorney general in 1988. Reagans successor, George H.W. Bush, asked Thornburgh to stay on, having briefly considered asking him to be his vice presidential running-mate. As attorney general, he concentrated on white collar crime and drug trafficking and oversaw the prosecution over the 1989 Exxon Valdez...
    Washington (CNN)Richard "Dick" Thornburgh, a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania who went on to serve as US attorney general under two presidents, has died at age 88, according to an announcement from the Pennsylvania governor's office. In honor of Thornburgh, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered the US and Pennsylvania flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff immediately.Thornburgh served as Pennsylvania's governor for two terms between 1979 and 1987. The following year he was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to lead the Justice Department, a position he kept during George H. W. Bush's administration, until 1991. "Governor Thornburgh served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania, and calm, grounded leadership was a hallmark of his governorship," Wolf said in a statement. In this December 13, 1978, file photo, Pennsylvania Governor-elect Dick Thornburgh waves at photographers from the front steps of the Sate Capitol in...
    Dick Thornburgh, Two-term Pennsylvania Governor, U.S. Attorney General and United Nations Under-Secretary General, dies at 88 PR Newswire PITTSBURGH, Dec. 31, 2020 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, who made integrity and efficiency the hallmarks of his public service as a governor, U.S. attorney general and under-secretary-general of the United Nations, died peacefully of natural causes today in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 88. The governor’s public career spanned 25 years, and he retired earlier in 2020 as counsel to the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP. Former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh Former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh: “One of the few authentic heroes of Three Mile Island” His wife, Ginny Judson Thornburgh, said that he had endured declining health to the end with “characteristic determination, grace and humor.” “Governor Thornburgh was the consummate public servant – honest, competent and caring,” said...
    Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve the United Nations’...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve...
    The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office responded on Wednesday to yet another attempt by the Trump campaign to air its election grievances in the hallowed virtual halls of the Supreme Court of the United States. Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) opposed President Donald Trump’s motion for expedited consideration of a petition of certiorari, calling that motion “profoundly incoherent.” The Trump campaign and its allies have gotten nowhere as far as post-election litigation is concerned, whether in state courts across the land or any level of the federal courts—especially the Supreme Court. But President Trump has repeatedly said he has “JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT,” perhaps referencing a quote attributed to John Paul Jones. Attorney General Shapiro and his office noted, at length, that the president’s campaign and Republican allies have tried and failed several times to get the high court’s ear. The latest effort, the Commonwealth argued, is “similarly lacking in...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In a court filing with the U.S. Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has responded to Texas’ attorney general, who wants to throw out the election results in the Commonwealth and three other swing states. Shapiro calls the Texas lawsuit a threat to American democracy. In an interview with KDKA political editor Jon Delano, Shapiro had a message for Texas. “Mind your own business and stay out of Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said. In a 33-page filing with the Supreme Court, Shapiro accused Texas of trying to overturn the presidential election. “They have gone to the Supreme Court of the United States to say that they don’t like the results of the vote in a whole separate state and we, Texas, want you to invalidate the votes of the people of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan. That’s ridiculous,” said Shapiro. Shapiro says the Texas attorney general has dredged...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – In an appearance on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro criticized Texas Senator Ted Cruz and the lawsuit attempting to overturn election results in Pennsylvania. “He has proven himself to be neither a genius in the law or a genius, frankly, in terms of an EQ,” Shapiro said. “He is a sad sack and I would say to him, and frankly I would say to my 17 colleagues who have gone along with this circus, I don’t know if I need to send you a surgeon to examine your spine or a psychiatrist to examine your head.” RELATED: Pennsylvania Blasts Texas’ Bid To Overturn Election Results For President-Elect Joe Biden The lawsuit from the Texas attorney general, Republican Ken Paxton, demands that the 62 total Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin be invalidated. That’s enough,...
    The Pennsylvania case describes the move by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, backed by Donald Trump, who claims that the judicial process uses a “cocoon of pseudo-claims” in support of “treason abuse” and believes in a “surreal alternative reality.” State Attorney General Josh Shapiro writes: “Texas is trying to invalidate elections in four states. The claim that this Court must exercise its original jurisdiction and then anoint Texas’ presidential candidate is legally inalienable and disrespectful to the principles of constitutional democracy. “ Donald Trump lost four key states, and Texas’ move is an attempt to invalidate millions of votes that could change the election for him. The Pennsylvania filing further states: “Texas’ attempt to elect the next president of this court has no legal or factual basis. The court should not follow this treacherous abuse of the judicial process and should send a clear and vague signal that it should...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called Texas' lawsuit seeking to invalidate its results 'seditious,' 'inexcusable,' and 'indefensible.' Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday filed a response to Texas' lawsuit — which asks the United States Supreme Court to invalidate the presidential election results in the Keystone State along with three others President-elect Joe Biden won — slamming it as an "affront to principles of constitutional democracy." The response dismantles the lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton line by line to show that there is no conceivable way the Supreme Court could simply throw out the ballots of millions of voters that were legally cast. Legal experts have already said they do not believe the Supreme Court would hear the case, let alone side with Paxton.
    (CNN)Ken Paxton is a lawman being chased by the law. And when the Texas Republican attorney general filed a suit on Tuesday with the US Supreme Court on behalf of his state, he also became an even more rank hypocrite. James C. MoorePaxton, who has been indicted on securities fraud and accused by top aides of bribery, abuse of office and other potentially criminal offenses -- charges that he has denied -- argued that a handful of battleground states destroyed the integrity of the 2020 election vote totals. He insists the US Constitution was violated by allowing their legislatures to make last-minute changes that ignored federal electoral regulations. Earlier in the campaign, Paxton played a key role in President Donald Trump's fight against expanding mail-in ballots. Now Paxton's plea to the Court is that Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia must be found to have used the Covid-19 pandemic as...
    Loading the player... Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is pushing hard and headed to the Supreme Court to prove voter fraud impacted the 2020 election despite lack of evidence. Paxton believes voter fraud is the reason President-elect Joe Biden won battleground states, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. So on Tuesday, he took out a lawsuit against them to prove it. Legal experts say the suit is a long shot. Still, it asks to block those particular states from voting in the electoral college and claims they violated federal law due to the pandemic, “through executive fiat or friendly lawsuits, thereby weakening ballot integrity,” per Texas Tribune. “That deadline, however, should not cement a potentially illegitimate election result in the middle of this storm,” wrote attorneys for Texas in regards to the Dec. 14 deadline that says states must appoint who it elected. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images for SiriusXM Leaders of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin on Tuesday, alleging that they violated the Constitution based on a litany of already-dismissed complaints. Attorney General Paxton asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate their 62 Electoral College votes for Biden — a move that would swing the election to Trump and would be unprecedented in American history. Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct & binds our citizenry & the States in this Union together. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania & Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election.https://t.co/xRB13FMIdU — Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) December 8, 2020 “Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct and binds our citizenry and the States in this Union together. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (KDKA) – A Pennsylvania couple has been arrested for allegedly brutally abusing eight children for decades. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Matthew and Christine Zeigler from Williamsport were arrested Friday after a seven month-long investigation. They’re accused of abusing their eight children between 1994 and 2020. The Attorney General’s Office says it all began when Matthew allegedly fired a gun out a window twice during an argument with his wife. Five kids were home at the time, the AG’s office says, and their 18-year-old daughter was outside. Matthew was arrested, and when his children were interviewed, the Attorney General’s Office says they disclosed emotional and physical abuse by both parents. According to a release, the children talked about cruel punishments. They were allegedly beaten, forced to drink noxious liquids and locked in a closet for up to a week without...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest-ranking law enforcement official said Thursday that more than a week after Election Day he still has not seen any indication there was widespread voter fraud. Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro, elected to a second term last week, said lawyers for the Republican Party and President Donald Trump also haven’t produced any evidence of it in the swirl of litigation they’re pursuing. “Certainly if there was some, we would be on it immediately or our law enforcement partners would be on it immediately,” Shapiro said. “I’ve seen a lot of tweets about it, I’ve seen a lot of public statements about it, but we’ve seen absolutely no evidence of it.” He said people should not think that the litigation will reverse the voting results. ’The will of the people is going to be respected in the final certified vote total,” he said. Shapiro also says...
    Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, joining other Republicans in arguing that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its authority, according to a report from WFYI. The case, which the Pennsylvania Republican Party has brought against the state attorney general, “alleges the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to allow voters three additional days to prove legally cast ballots violates the state legislature’s ability to oversee elections,” WFYI noted. “When we see courts in other states cross the line and take over that process and the potential impact that may have on the wishes of Indiana voters, we believe it is appropriate to take action,” Hill said. WFYI also stated that Hill does not accept former Vice President Joe Biden as president-elect because of allegations of voter fraud. Hill joins other Republican attorneys general from five states. Indiana’s Attorney General-elect Todd Rokita also...
    Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody signed on Monday to a brief aimed at convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allowed Pennsylvania elections officials to count some late-arriving absentee ballots. Moody was one of 10 Republicans attorneys general who filed the brief in a challenge to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allowed counting absentee ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election. The case is one of a flurry of lawsuits filed by Republicans alleging potential ballot fraud in various states. President Donald Trump has fueled the allegations for months, including in recent days as results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the presidential election. The GOP attorneys general in Monday’s brief said the decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court “exacerbated the risks of ballot fraud” in the key swing state. The brief was filed by...
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined a group of Republican attorneys general who filed a lawsuit challenging mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. “Today, I joined my colleagues in an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the absentee ballot ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” Cameron said in a statement Monday. “Our action today is about ensuring the rule of law is upheld during the election process.” My statement regarding the rule of law in the election process: Read the amicus brief here: https://t.co/Ulu7PU3akq pic.twitter.com/wMKfsOFkfV— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) November 9, 2020 “While this did not occur in Kentucky, what happens in other states during a presidential election matters to Kentuckians because we are electing our President and Vice President,” Cameron continued. “Legal matters like the one involving Pennsylvania set a judicial precedent that not only affects this election, but future elections as well. My interest...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro suffered a very dad moment Friday after his son crashed a live interview on MSNBC. The state’s top lawyer was talking about Pennsylvania’s grinding count of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election when his son walked into the room, glued to a smartphone. When Shapiro’s son realized he was on camera, he slowly backed out of the room, in a fashion reminiscent of many humorous internet memes. “I’m taking his phone away for 24 hours,” Shapiro said in a tweet sharing the clip. “See, politicians are people too!” he added in an Instagram post. The moment instantly went viral with Shapiro’s tweet netting more than 3,200 retweets and 39,000 likes. “My brother is a meme now and I am here for it,” added sister Sophia Shapiro. The Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General has been the subject of considerable scorn by Republicans over an earlier statement on...
    Amid the stress of the ongoing US election count, anxious TV viewers have enjoyed an unexpected moment of comedic relief on MSNBC.   Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Schapiro was being interviewed by the cable network from his home in Abington on Friday night when his teenage son Jonah wandered into the room.  Video of the incident, which is now going viral on social media, shows the Attorney General speaking via Zoom, completely unaware that the teen had strolled into the frame behind him.  I’m taking his phone away for 24 hours. ???? https://t.co/1OYI8N4LwV— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 7, 2020 Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Schapiro was being interviewed on MSNBC from his home in Abington on Friday night when his teenage son Jonah wandered into the room In the short clip, Democrat Shapiro is heard railing against President Trump as the boy walks in texting on his phone.  When Jonah looks...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) on Friday joked that he would be taking his son’s phone away after he accidentally walked in on Shapiro’s MSNBC interview on the Trump campaign’s efforts to halt absentee ballot counting in the state.  “I’m taking his phone away for 24 hours,” Shapiro wrote along with a laughing emoji in a tweet sharing a video of the moment his son walked into the room where Shapiro was participating in a virtual interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.  I’m taking his phone away for 24 hours. https://t.co/1OYI8N4LwV— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 7, 2020 Shapiro’s son can be seen looking down at his phone as he enters the room before looking up and noticing his father speaking to the news channel. His son then slowly backs away as Shapiro continues speaking, seemingly unfazed by the interruption.  "This attempt by Donald Trump and those aligned with him...
    THE hilarious moment Pennsylvania's Attorney General is interrupted by his teen son in the middle of an MSNBC interview has gone viral. In the clip, Josh Shapiro talks of Trump's attempt to throw out mail-in ballots when his teenage son accidentally wanders into the room. 4A live broadcast of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was interrupted when his teenage son accidentally wandered into the room 4Unaware of the blunder and completely absorbed by texting on his phone, the boy looks up to realise he's on a live broadcast Unaware of the blunder and completely absorbed by texting on his phone, the boy looks up to realise he's on a live broadcast. He then backward steps out of the room and sidles out the door in an attempt to go unnoticed. However, the three-second cameo was quickly picked up by amused viewers who took to social media to...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters have returned at least 17 incumbent members to Congress, with one race undecided, and have elected the first Republican auditor general in more than two decades. Democrat Josh Shapiro was also declared the winner of his race Friday for a second term as the state’s attorney general. The state’s top law enforcement official for the next four years will again be Shapiro. He defeated Republican Heather Heidelbaugh, a lawyer from Mount Lebanon and a former Allegheny County Council member. Pennsylvania, it is the honor of my life to serve as your Attorney General. Im grateful and ready to keep taking on the big fights as the people’s AG. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/lU5EEq1QJk — Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 6, 2020 Shapiro, a resident of Abington, is a former state lawmaker and Montgomery County commissioner. He had been outspoken about election preparation and proper vote...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) – Democrat Josh Shapiro has won a second term as Pennsylvania’s attorney general, the top-ranking law enforcement position in the state. Shapiro beat back a challenge from Republican Heather Heidelbaugh, a lawyer from Pittsburgh. Shapiro is a former state lawmaker and Montgomery County commissioner. During his first term in office, he released a grand jury report into decades of child molestation by priests in the state’s Roman Catholic parishes. Shapiro is widely viewed as a likely candidate for governor in two years. For comprehensive coverage of all things election-related in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 Election Guide. For live results of all election races in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 General Election results page. GO IN-DEPTH ON SOME KEY PA RACES: • Attorney General: Josh Shapiro (D) vs. Heather Heidelbaugh (R) • Auditor General: Nina Ahmad (D) vs. Timothy DeFoor (R) • State Treasurer: Joe Torsella (D)...
    Sen. Ted Cruz shot back at Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general for telling him to “stay out of” the state’s disputed tabulation of presidential election votes. “When you’re breaking the law, ignoring court orders, counting ballots in secret & threatening to steal the presidency, it’s not ‘PA’s business,’” the Texas Republican tweeted Friday. “It’s America’s business, and we have the right to expect votes will be counted (1) fairly, (2) w/ transparency & (3) NOT in secret.” When you’re breaking the law, ignoring court orders, counting ballots in secret & threatening to steal the presidency, it’s not “PA’s business.” It’s America’s business, and we have the right to expect votes will be counted (1) fairly, (2) w/ transparency & (3) NOT in secret. https://t.co/jkkyB0Bc0q— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2020 Cruz appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity Thursday night, echoing the president’s concerns of voter fraud and an overall...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The race for Pennsylvania attorney general once again has incumbent Josh Shapiro in the lead. As of 1:44 p.m. Thursday with 87.46% of precincts reporting, Democrat Shapiro leads Republican challenger Heather Heidelbaugh. Shapiro has 49.32% of the vote with 3,056,483 votes and Heidelbaugh has 47.9% of the vote with 2,968,639 votes. For comprehensive coverage of all things election-related in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 Election Guide. For live results of all election races in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 General Election results page. GO IN-DEPTH ON SOME KEY PA RACES: • Attorney General: Josh Shapiro (D) vs. Heather Heidelbaugh (R) • Auditor General: Nina Ahmad (D) vs. Timothy DeFoor (R) • State Treasurer: Joe Torsella (D) vs. Stacy Garrity (R) • U.S. House 17th District: Conor Lamb (D) vs. Sean Parnell (R) • State Senate 37th District: Pam Iovino (D) vs. Devlin Robinson (R) • State Senate 39th...
    Calls for Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) to “step aside” are rising after he urged voters to seek election help from Democrats, mere days after stating that “if all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose.” Shapiro drew strong reactions across social media after encouraging voters to seek election help from Democrats on Election Day. “Need help with your mail in ballot, finding out where to vote, or something else?” Shapiro wrote on social media. “Call the @PADems Voter Assistance Hotline. Someone will answer and help you out. Call 1-833-PA-VOTES”: Need help with your mail in ballot, finding out where to vote, or something else? Call the @PADems Voter Assistance Hotline. Someone will answer and help you out. Call 1-833-PA-VOTES pic.twitter.com/Jf9KfLtNRI — Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 3, 2020 Days earlier, Shapiro predicted that Trump would lose the Keystone State, contingent on if “all the votes...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania voters are also awaiting the outcome of some other races, including state attorney general. Democratic incumbent Josh Shapiro is facing a challenge from republican Heather Heidelbaugh. She is a Pittsburgh-area trial attorney general. The race has focused on drug policy, gun violence and the prosecution of predatory student loan companies. MORE ON CBS PHILLY: President Trump Falsely Declares Victory In Battleground States, Calls On Supreme Court To Stop Counting Mail-In Ballots Joe Biden Believes He’s ‘On Track To Win This Election’ Over President Trump New Jersey Residents Vote To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
    The Trump campaign has a team on the ground in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania after the state's attorney general made concerning comments, White House Director of Communications Alyssa Farah told Fox News Radio. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, found himself in hot water on social media after claiming that President Trump has lost the ability to win the battleground state, just over 24 hours before the polls close on Election Day. “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter. “That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.” TRUMP PREDICTS HE WILL BEAT JOE BIDEN BY LARGER MARGIN THAN VICTORY OVER CLINTON “For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court,” the attorney general added. “We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!” Reacting to Shapiro's tweet, Farah told "Fox Across America" with...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro came under fire for comments he made about the state's presidential election results. "If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose," Shapiro tweeted Saturday. "That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process." [PREDICT TUESDAY'S WINNER WITH THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER'S INTERACTIVE ELECTORAL MAP] If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court. We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!https://t.co/mN8t6TDud7— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) October 31, 2020 "Before a single vote has been counted, Pennsylvania’s Democrat Attorney General is declaring that Biden has already won and promising to litigate the state into Biden’s corner," Federalist co-founder Sean Davis said. Before a single vote has been...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Saturday that President Donald Trump will lose the election if all of the votes are counted in Pennsylvania. “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose,” Shapiro said on Twitter. “That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.” (RELATED: Pennsylvania Secretary Of State Updates Guidance, Orders Ballots To Be Counted If They Arrive Late) “For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court,” he added, “We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!” If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process. For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court. We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!https://t.co/mN8t6TDud7 — Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) October 31, 2020 Shapiro’s comments come after...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro fired back at President Donald Trump’s recent comments demanding that election results be announced quickly, dismissing the president as “all bark and no bite,” and vowing that in his state, “we will count these ballots.” Shapiro made the comments in an appearance on CNN Sunday evening, telling Erin Burnett that he had been concerned about delays in mail delivery, and urging viewers who had received an absentee ballot but not yet mailed it in to instead deliver the completed ballot in person at the dropbox at their local election supervisor’s office. Trump had spoken to reporters earlier Sunday while traveling between his campaign rallies, criticizing voters who hadn’t sent their ballots back “a month ago.” “I don’t think it’s fair that we have to wait a long period of time after the election,” said Trump. Burnett brought up the very close margin of victory...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with abusing his 4-month-old daughter. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges Monday against Dean Sulin, a DuBois man arrested for inflicting life-threatening injuries on his daughter. “Physically harming an infant child is abhorrent,” said Attorney General Shapiro said in a release. “There are consequences for harming children in Pennsylvania and the defendant is facing those consequences today. My Office is focused on fighting for the defenseless, and will continue to hold child abusers accountable.” Officials say on Jan. 31, 2018, Sulin’s daughter was taken to the hospital and later flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries, including a bilateral subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhages and extensive bruising. The physicians who examined the child determined her injuries were from abusive head trauma, officials say. Investigators believe the injuries were inflicted by Sulin, who was her primary caregiver...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Sept. 23 in Washington.Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. When the Justice Department recently publicized an ongoing investigation into potentially improperly discarded Trump ballots, critics accused it of violating long-standing agency policy against interfering in an election. But the unusual decision to publicly detail the Pennsylvania case may also have run afoul of guidelines that Attorney General William Barr himself issued to federal prosecutors this year, according to a memo obtained by ProPublica. In May, Barr wrote a directive to all Justice Department employees imploring them to be “particularly sensitive to safeguarding the Department’s...
    Justin Elliott - Robert Faturechi October 7, 2020 9:21AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. When the Justice Department recently publicized an ongoing investigation into potentially improperly discarded Trump ballots, critics accused it of violating long-standing agency policy against interfering in an election. But the unusual decision to publicly detail the Pennsylvania case may also have run afoul of guidelines that Attorney General William Barr himself issued to federal prosecutors this year, according to a memo obtained by ProPublica. : In May, Barr wrote a directive to all Justice Department employees imploring them to be "particularly sensitive to safeguarding the Department's reputation for fairness, neutrality, and non-partisanship" when it comes to election-related crimes. "Partisan politics," he wrote, "must play no role in the decisions of federal investigators or prosecutors regarding any investigations or criminal charges. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors may never select the timing of public statements (attributed or...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is going on the attack about the battle over mail-in ballots. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was on 60 Minutes Sunday night to talk about the political clash over mail-in voting. A record number of voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail this election. A third of registered voters told CBS News pollsters they plan to vote by mail, which is more than ever before. “I can tell you my team and I, along with others around the country, are preparing for all kinds of outcomes,” said Shapiro. “Sadly, we have to fear that we have a sitting president of the United States that may take legal action to try and stop certain legal votes from being counted.” RELATED STORIES: Decision In Front Of Pa. Supreme Court Keeps Counties From Mailing Out Ballots Judge Rules...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – A new settlement will result in debt relief for nearly 1,500 former ITT Tech students in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has secured an agreement to get $11.9 million in debt relief for former students in Pa. It’s part of a settlement with 48 attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “This settlement will provide debt relief for more than 1,400 hardworking students in Pennsylvania who were pressured and coerced into accepting loans from PEAKS for fear of losing the credits they had earned,” said Attorney General Shapiro in a statement. “As Attorney General, I will continue to hold accountable any student loan company or for-profit college that preys on the students they should be helping and not hurting. Thanks to the hard work of my Bureau of Consumer Protection and colleagues across the country we have canceled unfair debt...
    Pennsylvania’s top cop announced charges this week against nearly three dozen residents caught stealing jobless benefits, including people behind bars at eight different jails and prisons, after the federal government increased payments to address rising unemployment amid the pandemic. Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Attorney Scott Brady called the cases “appalling” and “unprecedented” in a joint statement Tuesday that detailed how 33 individuals scammed the state’s unemployment system by applying for benefits they didn’t qualify for – and often accepting bribes to help others do the same. “These defendants took advantage of a public health emergency to cash in on the backs of working people across our Commonwealth,” Shapiro said. “They ripped off a program meant for everyday people whose lives were uprooted by COVID-19, some doing so from jail cells in local Pennsylvania prisons.” “The unprecedented scope and audacity of this inmate unemployment compensation fraud...
    Kentucky’s first black attorney general, Daniel Cameron, spoke Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention (RNC). However, NBC did not cover the speech and instead showed Chuck Todd discussing mail-in voting. Cameron criticized “anarchists” for “mindlessly tear[ing] up American cities while attacking police officers and innocent bystanders” and said Republicans can both address the root issue causing the anarchy while also ensuring we are a civil society. “Republicans will never turn a blind eye to unjust acts, but neither will we accept this all-out assault on Western civilization.” Cameron also slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for saying that black voters who don’t vote for him “ain’t black” and that there is no “diversity” of thought in the black community. “Joe Biden is a backwards thinker in a world craving forward-looking leadership. There’s no wisdom in his record or plan, just a trail of discredited ideas and offensive statements.”...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that Pennsylvania will be one of several states to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its attempts to change USPS ahead of the election. According to Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Office, the changes include limiting the length of shifts and pushing some deliveries off to other days, thus leading to mail and packages being delivered at a slower rate. “We will be taking action to reinstate Postal Service standards that all Americans depend on, whether it’s for delivering their prescription drugs or for carrying their very right to vote,” said Shapiro in a press release. “Recent post office changes have been implemented recklessly, before checking the law, and we will use our authority to stop them and help ensure that every eligible ballot is counted.” “Voting is safe. We have been doing this for centuries,” Shapiro said in...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning school districts in the state that background checks into employees’ criminal histories are necessary after a recent investigation revealed some districts are not doing their due diligence. “In the course of a criminal investigation, we learned that some public schools in Pennsylvania may not be properly checking the statewide child abuse database and maintaining records for every employee,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “The law requires that school districts check and keep these records because we need them to help keep children safe. We shared our findings with every district as a warning call so that Pennsylvania children are better protected in the future.” In Pennsylvania, employees must be cleared by the state’s child abuse database, and school districts must consult with the FBI and State Police on all volunteers’ and employees’ criminal histories, should...
    WASHINGTON (KDKA/CNN) — Several states say they are considering legal action against the Trump administration and the United States Postal Service to stop them from using new operational changes that could slow mail service leading up to the presidential election, which will rely heavily on mail-in voting. At least a half dozen states including Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia are said to be reviewing their legal options against the administration. A source with knowledge of the matter confirmed Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is in touch with other attorneys general to figure out next steps, including possible legal action. “We will not be deterred by Donald Trump’s blatant attempts to undermine the integrity of our elections. We are exploring all options available to ensure everyone’s vote is counted,” Healey told CNN in a statement on Sunday. The Washington Post first reported that attorneys general from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Washington...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BEAVER (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that the Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center in Beaver County is part of a criminal investigation. Shapiro says he is looking into neglect at nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic. In a series of tweets, Shapiro says his office is dedicated to protecting Pennsylvania’s senior citizens and will not tolerate mistreatment. The reports of conditions and practices at the Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center are deeply troubling. I can confirm that Brighton is one of the subjects of our criminal investigations into neglect at nursing homes during the pandemic.https://t.co/wDNhthlzqm — AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) August 12, 2020
    Authorities have released the name of a Pennsylvania man who was shot by police from Atlantic County during a confrontation last week,. Amir Johnson, 30, of Wilkes Barre, PA, died as a result of police gunfire on Thursday, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. Grewal's office is investigating the fatal police-involved shooting involving multiple officers from the Ventnor and Atlantic City police departments, he said. Police shot Johnson  near Wellington and West End avenues about 4:30 p.m., Grewal said. The victim  was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City where he was pronounced dead about 6 p.m., according to Grewal.  No police officer was reported hurt.  According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Ventnor and Atlantic City Police Department officers responded to a 911 call concerning a man behaving erratically, Grewal said. Johnson was walking in and out of a marshy area along the...
    DELMONT, Pa. (KDKA) — Agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office staged a raid on a house in Delmont. On Thursday shortly after 7 a.m., the state agents converged on the home on Route 66. Matt Stefancic was driving to work when he saw the raid and took video. He told KDKA that agents in two police vans and several unmarked cars spent the better part of two hours in the house and then left. (Photo Credit: Matt Stefanic) “Driving to work this morning, saw a police van, box truck,” Stefanic said. “Out of the ordinary, I immediately wanted to see what was going on. It was the Attorney General’s office police.” “Officers with their vests and guns and a couple of guys and their suits with their badges hanging out going in and out of the house,” he added. No arrests were made, and KDKA could not confirm the...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pennsylvania is one of 17 states plus Washington DC now suing over the ICE and the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students who take online courses. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed the lawsuit Monday along with the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. In a press release, Shapiro says, “Betsy Devos’s attempt to take advantage of an international pandemic—to push a cynical, partisan agenda that threatens the health and safety of young people who want to pursue an education—is cruel, illegal, and puts our already fragile economy at risk. I’m working hard to ensure that students in Pennsylvania can safely continue their education at universities across the Commonwealth in the fall, without fear of partisan interference.” The new Trump administration policy says international students cannot...
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