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Linn Washington is a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune and This Can't Be Happening. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and failings of the news media. He teaches multi-media urban journalism at Temple University.

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Monday, April 16, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Philly's Top Cop Flops - Again - Backing Bigotry By Boys In Blue The Police Commissioner of Philadelphia is facing mounting criticism for his blanket defense of the PPD officers who arrested two black men for simply sitting inside a Starbucks located in a ritzy section of the downtown area. White customers in the coffee shop said the black men did nothing to merit the arrest.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, November 9, 2017 (6 comments)     

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General Kelly - Historically Ignorant or Hysterically Bigoted? The only successful insurrection in American history took place on November 10, 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina when white racists violently overthrew that city's elected government. The Wilmington insurrection is another event exposing the inaccuracy of the 'Heritage Not Hate' claim for sustaining monuments to the Confederacy.

Image created from image crediting Monday, March 27, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Judge Neil Gorsuch's Hiring Practices: Privilege or Prejudice? The federal judge that President Trump has nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court has failed to hire a single African-American, Hispanic or Native American as a law clerk in his office.

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Don the Con's Health Care Ignores Deadly Ills The health care plan unleashed by President Trump and Paul Ryan ignores deep seated problems in America's health care system.

Image created from image crediting Sunday, March 5, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Malodorous Maelstrom Surrounds AG Jeff Sessions The failure of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reveal his contacts with a key Russian diplomat during or after his Senate confirmation hearing carries the stench of a fart that an orchestrated cover-up cannot dissipate.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, March 2, 2017 (1 comments)     

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An Afro-American History phone app from Britain - Really? Two Brits have created an engaging smart phone app based on Black History in the United States.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Trump Exposes His Ignorance and Intolerance - Again Miscues on race continue to plague President Donald Trump. Those miscues are either mistakes arising from ignorance or actions reflecting a profound intolerance. The miscues are unacceptable regardless of origin.

Replace Insecure http://thiscantbehappening.net/sites/default/files/images/SethWilliams&FOPprez_0.jpg Tuesday, February 14, 2017     

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Ethically Challenged Philly DA Exits Reelection Race Combative Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams stunned that city recently with an announcement that he would not seek reelection in the wake of scandals spinning around him for ethics violations and selective prosecution claims.

Brexit support sign in window of London home where author George Orwell once lived. Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Brexit-Trump Comparisons Miss Key Points Embedded in the base of both the Brexit and Trump votes are strands of racism that too many analysts of all ideological stripes on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean blithely dismiss.

Philly pot arrests drop after decriminalization. Thursday, October 27, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Pot Decriminalization Saves Philadelphia Millions Decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana has saved the City of Philadelphia millions in enforcement costs. Equally important, decriminalization has saved thousands the costs of arrest and a criminal record/

Pa State Historic marker honoring heroes of 9/11 Sunday, September 11, 2016 (1 comments)     

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These 9/11 Heroes Fought Against Terrorism a Century Before 2001 The Christiana Riot exposes another chapter in the long struggle of African-Americans against terrorism in the United States that is home grown.

San Francisco has an ugly history of police brutality little known outside of the Bay Area. Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Critics Ignoring Wrongs About Police Abuse Prove Kaepernick Right The sordid history of police brutality in San Francisco is conspicuously missing from much of the fevered news and social media coverage around the protest against abusive policing by 49ers football team player Colin Kaepernick.

Protest outside office of Philly DA Seth Williams Friday, August 26, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Philadelphia DA Hammered Over Unethical Antics Hardline Philadelphia DA Seth Williams is being hammered by local news media for his failure to report thousands of dollars in 'gifts' for five years. Critics contend this lapse by Williams is hypocritical.

Ray Lewis - Retired Philadelphia Police Department captain  LBW Photo Thursday, July 28, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Donald, Hillary and Cannabis: Stoned Stupid On Legalization The American public supports the legalization of marijuana, however, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates both oppose legalization. Repeated studies over the past decades disprove claims that marijuana is dangerous and document that pot law enforcement is discriminatory along racial lines.

Jill Stein (left) and Cheri Honkala (right) LBW Photo Monday, July 25, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Green Party's Stein Walks With Poor While Democrats Party Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein met with the homeless and others in one of Philadelphia's most impoverished communities on the day before the opening of the Democratic National Convention in the city that tags itself as the Birthplace of American Democracy. Stein and others condemned the obscenity of expending $60-million-plus on DNC functions including lavish parties.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Trump Onslaught On Hispanic Judge: Discriminatory Deja Vu The race-based verbal assaults by Donald Trump on a federal judge of Hispanic ancestry resemble racist onslaughts against the first federal judge of Hispanic ancestry 55-years ago.

Vakas Hussain (far left). Seated Suresh Grover of The Monitoring Group (center) and Rotherham 12 defendant Abrar Javid. Thursday, May 12, 2016 (23 comments)     

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Evil In England: The Rise Of Islamophobia Islamophobia ranges from disdainful stares and caustic comments to physical assaults. A few assaults have ended in fatalities. And then there are British government policies like 'Prevent' -- the professed counter-terrorism program that seemingly is targeted solely at Muslims. Prevent enlists citizens to report actions and attitudes deemed suspicious.

Hey Bill and Hillary: When You Point A Finger, Three Point At You Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Clintonian Political Calculus And The Culture Of Hooey Former President Bill Clinton is fudging facts regarding his actions and mainly inactions on the issue of addressing racism in law enforcement during his two terms in the Oval Office. Forgotten facts about Clinton's actions place contemporary claims by him and his presidential candidate wife in an unflattering light.

Hollywood-sign.jpg: Hollywood-sign Friday, February 26, 2016     

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Hollywood's Big Lie - Past Haunts Present Top Hollywood producers promised the NAACP 74-years ago that they would improve movie roles for blacks and reduce racist stereotypes in movies. That promise was never kept. The failure to keep the promise pollutes the movie industry today and is an element of the controversy surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards.

Rahm Emanuel Thursday, December 3, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Cover-up of a Police Murder Requires Resignation of Chicago Mayor Emanuel Evidence surrounding the fatal October 2014 shooting of a black teen by a white policeman in Chicago indicates that authorities in Chicago from police officers to top city officials engaged in a cover-up. That cover-up -- rather bungling or calculated -- demands the resignations of Chicago's mayor and top prosecutor.

Police brutality Friday, October 16, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Police Brutality Binds Protests In DC And Paris Abuses by police from false arrests to fatal shootings is an issue of long-standing in both America and France. Those two allied nations that justify their foreign military incursions on the need to enforce the rule of law rarely enforce their own laws against brutal police.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Bold Step: Reparations Movements Make International Connections Activists seeking reparations for ravages of slavery, colonialism and institutional racism gathered in New York City recently to strengthen bonds and coordinate activities. Those activists included ambassadors from Caribbean nations to elderly supporters on canes. Activists know that they are in an 'uphill struggle' yet vow to press forward.

Dr. Maria Borego, one of the Cuban doctors working at the Saleh Hospital serving Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Alger Monday, December 29, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Sea Change In US-Cuba Relations Makes Waves Deep In Desert The historic change in relations between the U.S. and Cuba created expectations among many in Algeria that the U.S. would adopt a tougher stance on its staunch ally Morocco, pressuring Morocco to comply with United Nations mandates to end its illegal occupation of the 'Last Colony' in Africa - the Western Sahara.

Monday, December 22, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Bashing Critics Of Brutality Betrays Efforts To Help Police The tragic murders of two NYC policeman by an unbalanced career criminal is being exploited by conservative defenders of law enforcement to beat back mounting demands for more law enforcement against lawless law enforcers.

Friday, November 28, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Robert P. McColloch Personifies Misconduct by Prosecutors St. Louis County top prosecutor Robert P. McColloch has a sordid history of abusing legal protections in his campaigns to convict innocent persons and absolve guilty police officers. McColloch's actions in the clearing of Officer Darren Wilson are all too typical of this prosecutor who bends rules to reach predetermined results arising from flawed, often biased opinions.

Friday, October 3, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Police Seek To Censor College Commencement Ceremony National police union bashes Goddard College for not blocking the selection of "cop killer" Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker.

US experiencing militarization of its police Monday, September 15, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Lawless Law Enforcers: America's Terrorists Abuses by police, that authors persistently dismiss as isolated incidents, have an ugly history in America inclusive of persistent denial by the very authorities charged with correcting lawlessness by law enforcers.

Saturday, March 29, 2014     

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Pa Prosecutors Parry on Prejudice Two top prosecutors in Pennsylvania are engaged in a war-of-words over allegations that race prejudice tainted a political corruption probe forcing cancellation of that probe. Yet both of these prosecutors have track records of failing to fulfill a fundamental duty of prosecutors: seek justice not just convictions.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (3 comments)     

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U.S. Senate Uses Abu-Jamal to 'Tar' Obama Nominee The U.S. Senate vote to reject President Obama's nominee to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department trashed the 'rule of law' and established a dangerous climate for lawyers contemplating handling contentious cases.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela America played a despicable role in helping white racists perpetuate apartheid rule in South Africa. That assistance included helping apartheid authorities arrest Nelson Mandela in 1962. When President Obama spoke at Mandela's memorial he missed an opportunity to right historic wrongs of America in South Africa.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 (2 comments)     

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'High' hypocrisy on Capitol Hill -Congressional leaders ignore calls for Radel's resignation Cocaine convicted Congressman Trey Radel is just the latest in a long list of hypocrites claiming the mantle of righteous anti-drug warriors that includes congressional colleagues and Oval Office occupants.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013     

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Does Shaq Support Censorship - He Slam Dunks Film on Famed Inmate The Newark movie complex co-owned by famed basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal cancelled the screening of a documentary film prompting cries of censorship. This film examines imprisoned author/activist/journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, uniquely focusing on the 'who' of Abu-Jamal unlike the 'whodunit' crime focus of prior films on this contentious case.

Friday, March 1, 2013     

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Philadelphia Judge Controversy: Cover-up of Bedroom Connection The failure of a Philadelphia judge presiding in a high-profile police abuse case to reveal he is married to a policewoman highlights the role of judges in the dynamic of lenient treatment that perpetuates police brutality.

Monday, February 11, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Light on the Dark Side of Dorner's Rampage The murderous rampage by a fired LAPD officer magnifies two persistent problems with news media coverage: mangling context regarding police brutality and missing the role prosecutors play in perpetuating the brutality problem.

Thursday, January 31, 2013     

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Film Provides Rare Glimpse of the Real Mumia Abu-Jamal The new film "Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal" focuses on the 'Who' of this man at the center of an international movement to secure his release from prison. The focus on the 'Who' not the whodunit aspect of this controversial case is unique.

Friday, January 18, 2013 (3 comments)     

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American News Media Ignores Critical Media Scandal An epic David-besting-Goliath story involving the unraveling of billionaire media baron Rupert Murdoch's English newspaper empire is a story curiously ignored by an American corporate media.

Friday, December 14, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Cop Corruption Blues: Red Flags & Black Marks Corruption within police departments is endemic not isolated. The failures of police officials and prosecutors to consistently crackdown on this misconduct spurs its continuance.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012     

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News Media Blind Again to GOP Racism Mainstream media coverage of the RNC always includes stories purportedly examining the issue of race prejudice practiced by the Republican Party. But that coverage consistently misses a prime example of RNC prejudice: the exclusion of black-owned businesses.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012     

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Kafkaesque Parole Practices Ruin Lives New Jersey State Parole personnel have place Daryl Brooks in a Kafkaesque predicament - admit guilt for a crime he denies committing or return to prison for that crime that already cost him three years in prison. The parole abuse of Brooks is not an isolated incident.

Friday, August 24, 2012     

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Secret Scheme To Sabotage Abu-Jamal's Appeal Rights The formal resentencing of Mumia Abu-Jamal from death row to life-without-parole contained secrecy that both violated court rules and potentially sabotaged his future appeal rights.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Pa Judge's Ruling Revives 'Taxation Without Representation' A Pennsylvania judge upheld that state's controversial Voter ID law setting the stage for an appeal to the PA Supreme Court in this case drawing national attention. Opponents term the new law 'voter suppression' a charge given credence by a top PA Republican legislator who said the law will help Romney win Pennsylvania.

Monday, August 6, 2012     

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Conservative English Officials Ignore Lessons of 2011 Riots The August 2011 riots rocked England body and soul. But Britain's conservative leaders have failed to heed lessons from those destructive outbursts. Officials refuse to reverse 'austerity' measures that are producing misery in living standards and crackdown on police abuse which triggered the riots.

Friday, July 27, 2012     

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Games Played on Poor at London 2012 Olympics British leaders pledged to help that nation's poor, particularly in London, when winning the award for the London 2012 Olympics. But that disappeared as fast as an Olympic sprinter. The billions spent on Olympic preparations bypassed the poor.

Thursday, June 28, 2012     

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Rights Wrong On Juvenile Lifers Sending children who commit crimes resulting in death to prison for the rest of their lives is a cruel punishment. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled juvenile life without parole sentences are unconstitutional.

Monday, April 23, 2012     

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Occupy The Justice Department Implicates Obama Administration Integrity Freeing political prisoners languishing in U.S. prisons plus ending deprivations like the death penalty, torture and mass incarceration are demands of the Occupy The Justice Department movement. Responding to these rightful demands is a key test of Obama Administration integrity.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Student Photographer's Arrest: Snapshot of Systemic Abuse The arrest of a student photographer in Philadelphia for simply photographing police in public again highlights disturbing issues of police abuse and prosecutors condoning that abuse -- also evident in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 (1 comments)     

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White Sheets Surrounding Florida Teen's Slaying The suspicious fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a town watch operative with a checkered past raises twin issues of race and wrong-headed legislation.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012     

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Sadism in the Cell: Thanks to a Vindictive Prison System, Abu-Jamal is Still in 'The Hole' The punitive onslaught against prison journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal continues with authorities removing him from death row but placing him in disciplinary confinement of 'The Hole.' This onslaught proves Abu-Jamal is a political prisoner.

Sunday, January 15, 2012 (4 comments)     

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Republicans and America's Rancid Dance With Racism Republican presidential candidates utilizing race-tainted rhetoric is an old tactic...interestingly a tactic criticized by civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..

Thursday, December 1, 2011     

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General Strike Rocks Nation: Workers Across Britain Confront Conservative Austerity Demands Two million public sector workers across Britain sent a message to the conservative led government through a general strike triggered by the government's plans to reduce pension benefits and raise the retirement age.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (1 comments)     

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"occupy London" Starts Church Row Money issues of who-gets-what drives 'Occupy' movement worldwide and in London a unique money issue pits the "Occupy London Stock Exchange" effort against the historic St. Paul's Cathedral.

Friday, October 21, 2011 (1 comments)     

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New Campaign To Flush Corporate Control From Congress A new direction in the 'Occupy' movement sweeping America seeks to occupy Congress with new members next year -- members beholding to 'the people' not wealthy corporations and individuals.

Saturday, July 9, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Family Feud: Blacks Battle Blacks over Criticism of Obama Criticism of Obama Administration policies among blacks is causing a nasty intra-family feud with Obama supporters seeking to silence his critics with claims that criticism of the beleaguered president aids his enemies.

Friday, May 27, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Fed Wrist-slap for Wachovia Shows Drug War Farce Big banks getting big breaks from federal prosecutors when caught involved with drug dealing exposes a facet of the Drug War farce.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011     

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Obama's Terror War Misses Domestic Targets An insidious form of domestic terrorism ravishing thousands of governmental employees in America escapes targeting in the vaulted War on Terrorism because its as American as apple pie.

Monday, April 4, 2011 (4 comments)     

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Mass Incarceration Creates Big Mess Across America Mass incarceration is a slow-death that slaughters inmates, their families and their communities yet this scourge is ignored by President Obama who justifies intervention in Libya on the grounds of stopping slaughter.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Report Underscores Ticking Time Bomb Of US Nuke Power Plants Nuclear power plants once heralded as a panacea for producing pollution free electricity in America hold dangerous potentials for devastation across the United States according to a new report on 14 'near misses' at U.S. plants.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Pa's Corbett Expands Conservative War on Middle-class Pa's first-term Republican Governor recently proposed draconian cuts in education funding from pre-K through college. Corbett's proposals continue the GOP's onslaught against the middle-class evident in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011     

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Surprisingly Bigots Back Black History Month Observance Recent offensive remarks from two Republicans positioning themselves for presidential campaigns in 2010 highlight the need for Black History Month that seeks to correct inaccurate accounts.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011     

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'Alley Cat' Ethics and Other Antics Ethics reform looks good in news headlines but the true measure is protecting victims from abuse. The track record in Philadelphia of officials abusing the victims of municipal corruption undercuts claims of meaningful ethics reform.

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