REALITY CHECK: THE SHADY SHADOW (INTERIM) DA ELECTION
Written by Charles Ellison on July 21, 2017
In the wake of a new temporary DA being named, a WURD host calls out the undemocratic process of choosing Kelley Hodge
The last thing Philly needed right now was a shadow election.
Yet, that’s what we got: an anti-transparent, somewhat anti-democratic and shadowy process whereby a near Star Chamber of 88 Philadelphia city judges voted by secret ballot to select former prosecutor Kelley Hodge as replacement interim District Attorney. It was a week where the reality of that process finally set into quite a few Philadelphians still jarring from the indictment, guilty plea and jailing of disgraced former DA Seth Williams.
For the most part, Philly slept on this episode. It wasn’t really at the forefront of the public’s mind that a hastily convened and relatively unknown “Board of Judges” was setting about the business of electing a city prosecutor, a process normally left to voters. That didn’t become apparent until Philadelphia NAACP President Minister Rodney Muhammad and others lit up over the return of former DA Lynne Abraham as an interim DA applicant—among another 13 also throwing their names into the top hat judges would throw ballots into.
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