May 9, 2005
Defendants Convicted in Philadelphia Corruption Trial
Former Philadelphia City Treasurer Corey Kemp and four other defendants were convicted on the 19th day of deliberations. Kemp and two Commerce Bank executives, Stephen Umbrell and Glenn Holck, were convicted of conspiracy charges related to corruption in the payment and receipt of gifts in connection with the placement of city funds in banks. Kemp was also convicted on other tax and corruption counts. Two other defendants, Le-Van Hawkins and Janice Knight, were acquitted on the broad conspiracy charge but were convicted of perjury (Hawkins) and misuse of government property and making false statements (Knight). The jury deadlocked on other charges against the defendants. An article on Bloomberg.com (here) reviews the verdict.
The case was marked by an unusually contentious atmosphere in the courtroom, as discussed in an earlier post here, including calls for U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson to recuse himself because of alleged favoritism shown to the government. Judge Baylson is a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The grounds for an appeal of the convictions will be numerous, the two most important being alleged Brady violations by the government (earlier post here) and the removal of a juror for bias who had indicated she did not believe the government had proven its case (earlier post here). This case is far from over. (ph)
UPDATE (5/10): The Philadelphia Inquirer has an excellent scorecard of the verdicts on each count and each defendant here.
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