John E. Sheerin, 63, a former Philadelphia public school teacher was arrested last year for threatening police officers during protests sparked by social media posts from Councilwoman Helen Gym demanding a statue of former Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo to be removed. That episode was captured on video by Inquirer reporter Helen Urbiñas.
In a move that comes as a complete surprise to nobody, the DA’s office has quietly withdrawn the charges of terroristic threats and harassment.
How was that achieved, you ask?
Easy. A series of interesting delays occurred that punted the scheduled trial date out, which was scheduled for January after a series of other delays. Getting a delayed date would ensure that a DA’s office under the assertive control of Krasner would be handling it.
And like magic the “new-and-improved” DA sees no reason to bring a trial with video evidence before a court for it to decide.
Things were not so lucky for Sheerin’s son, Christopher Sheerin. He was arrested earlier that same year for assault–also captured on video–during a Trump tax protest. He worked a deal with prosecutors and was given ARD probation with a goal of clearing his criminal record.
Rumors are circulating within the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office that more employee exits are on the way.
A source within the DA’s office has confirmed that since the firings a number of additional employees have decided to bail and have left with more remaining with their resumes out.
At the start of this month District Attorney Larry Krasner announced the firing of 31 prosecutors including culling much of the Homicide Unit. The resulting rapid exit of employees left loads of criminal cases and trials in limbo and threw the Common Pleas court system in chaos.
My career is in tech. I have done tech all of my life. I’m also a fan of capitalism, reasonably-regulated markets, and disruptive technology.
I’m one of the first people to tell you that Amazon should stay as far the fuck away from Philadelphia as possible.
It’s not that I don’t like Amazon’s business. Like you, I order things from Amazon regularly. It’s a slightly less evil corporation than Google; a company that started its life trying to avoid invasion of privacy only to turn its back on that for good.
I want to show you something. This is what Seattle is like, the city where Amazon’s HQ1 is located:
People think that the tent city dwellers are comprised solely of heroin addicts. There are a lot of former tech employees living in a situation that Seattlites happily call “camping”. They’re trying to sound cute, and still show that they care. The monied classes in the Puget Sound don’t really give a shit about any of these folks.
And the tent cities are not small. Over 15 different Seattle neighborhoods including 5 suburban towns in Puget Sound now have camps. There is a camp less than 2 miles from Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA.
Employment cures homelessness. No company no matter what size would accept tax breaks or even 100% tax exemptions with a condition that local employment be a requirement. Likewise a company like Amazon wouldn’t accept clawbacks for non-compliance either.
And Amazon is not going to setup shop without massive exemptions from direct taxation. The term we call this behavior: crony capitalism.
Tech companies are far from being diverse workplaces
San Francisco and Bay Area tech firms have often lauded their diversity scorecards. When it comes to racial diversity there is no tech company anywhere in Seattle or in Silicon Valley that looks good when you look at one simple metric:
How many black people check in source code or are the principle architects of the core products of your company?
In medium to large tech firms in the Bay Area this value is usually zero or a single digit number close to zero.
You will see black employment in tech firms rising when you look at any tech company’s diversity scorecard. That is because black people are only allowed on the periphery. They’re in graphic design. Sales. Marketing. Operations support. None of them are encouraged to move into the roles that are critical to a tech company’s survival. Programming is so critical that few tech companies have felt the need to use their enormous pressure on colleges and universities across this nation to create more black tech employment in the jobs that truly matter–the ones that pay the highest salaries.
If you’re black and you want to get into that role you’re going to have to be like my friend Wil Reynolds, CEO of Seer Interactive: start your own fucking company.
A tech firm that’s heavily loaded with whites, Asians and imports in the critical roles of the company is not a diverse workplace. There’s no indication that the arrival of Amazon would change any of this hiring behavior and that is going to stick out like a sore thumb in Philly that has a large black population.
There’s a bunch of starry-eyed people around here who believe that Amazon HQ2 will be a magical quick fix for our econ woes in much the same way the legislators believed casinos would be the cure for budget deficits.
For all the construction work and experience Kassis might have, controlling his subs is another story.
Over in East Kensington on the 1900 block of East Huntingdon Street sits a really old warehouse. Complete with loading docks, it offers the perfect opportunity for a live/work space for artists. While the existing loading dock entrances are vast and might seem adequate for the property, the property investor feels there should be more.
And so work began today on knocking a massive hole in the side of the building and installing a bridge truss to maintain the second floor span.
So you can imagine L&I was happy about it.
That work was done without permits. According to L&I, the contractor doing the work was Perroni Management Company.
You need alteration permits to knock giant holes into large buildings, dude.