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District Attorney 2017 Election Results

Among the candidates on the November 7, 2017 ballot were District Attorney offices in 18 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Additionally, four current District Attorneys were elected to the Court of Common Please in their respective counties. The following are the unofficial results of those elections. District Attorneys and county elections offices and/or websites provided this information. New District Attorneys are in bold italics.

Office of District Attorney

Armstrong County – Katie Charlton

Blair County – Richard Consiglio

Bucks County – Matthew Weintraub 

Centre County – Bernie Cantorna

Elk County – Shawn McMahon

Jefferson County – Jeffrey Burkett

Lackawanna County –Mark Powell

Lawrence County – Joshua Lamancusa

Lebanon County – David Arnold, Jr.

Philadelphia County – Larry Krasner

Potter County – Andy Watson

Schuylkill County –Michael O’Pake

Sullivan County – Leonard Simpson

Venango County – Shawn White

Warren County – Robert Greene

Westmoreland County – John Peck

Wyoming County – Jeffrey Mitchell

York County – David Sunday

District Attorneys Elected to the Court of Common Pleas

Ed Marsico- Dauphin County

Jack Whelan- Delaware County

Eric Linhardt- Lycoming County

Janine Edwards- Wayne County



PA Report Refutes Death Penalty Myths

No racial bias in prosecutor decisions or defendants who receive death penalties found by Penn State Study Harrisburg, PA – A study on capital punishment decisions in Pennsylvania found there is no racial bias in prosecutors’ decisions or in defendants who receive death penalty sentences. The findings of the report are in direct contrast to the racial-bias narrative pushed for years

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FBI Uniform Crime Report Gives us Little to Cheer

Harrisburg, PA – The annual Crime in the United States report released on Sept. 25 raises more questions than answers and demonstrates some troubling trends about public safety in Pennsylvania and across the country. The report, written by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, and its findings offer important guidance to criminal justice policy experts and practitioners on the need

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PDAA Blog Post:Local approach in Armstrong County has worked through Drugs Kill Dreams

Written by Scott Andreassi, Armstrong County District Attorney According to PennLive, the number of opioid-related hospitalizations has increased fourfold from 2010, and in the U.S. 52,404 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016. The opioid epidemic has intensified, and we need to do more particularly at the local level and with youth programs to keep children safe and drug-free now and

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PDAA Blog Post: Restitution — Ensuring Economic Justice for ALL Crime Victims

Restitution is a critical tool for prosecutors to achieve economic justice for crime victims, as well as economic accountability for offenders.  But what happens when the courts decide that a victim is NOT a victim?  That is the legal issue created by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Veon, 150 A.3d 425 (Pa. 2016).  This issue demands legislative

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Legislative Blog: Strong Start — New Public Safety Laws of 2017

With the Legislature gearing back up for the Fall, we wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the more significant new public safety laws that have been enacted thus far in 2017. The new laws cover a wide range of areas involving public safety and law enforcement and were enacted as a result of significant collaboration with numerous

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State Must Reenact Megan’s Law to Preserve Sex Offender Registration

Without legislative fix approximately 10,000 sex offenders could avoid prosecution for failing to register and may be removed from list meant to protect adults and children from sexual predators HARRISBURG, PA – Unless the Commonwealth reenacts a version of Megan’s Law in response to a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, approximately 10,000 sex offenders would escape prosecution for failing

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Testimony of Dave Freed Cumberland County District Attorney Communications Chair, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Before the House Judiciary Committee Informational Meeting on The Retroactivity of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration System

My name is Dave Freed, and I am the Cumberland County District Attorney and Communications Chair for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. I am pleased to speak with you today about our sex offender registration statute, recent case law that struck certain parts of the statute, and the need for a statutory fix in order to ensure that we have

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PDAA Blog Post: Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security

By Stefanie Salavantis, Luzerne County District Attorney and Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security and Kevin R. Steele, Montgomery County District Attorney All lawyers take an oath, and the vast majority of lawyers uphold that oath. Unfortunately, there are a few lawyers who misappropriate or outright steal client funds and property. To preserve the integrity and protect the

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson has been elected president to lead the organization during the 2017–2018 business year. The election took place during the institution’s annual business meeting. The new officers are: President:                   Hon. D. Peter Johnson, Union County District Attorney Vice President:          Hon. David J.

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