PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S STATEMENT ON RECESS LOUNGE INVESTIGATION

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PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 19, 2016) – The Philadelphia District Attorney today released the following statement about his ongoing investigation into the Feb. 7, 2016, fight that took place at the Recess Lounge (125 S. 2nd St.) in Old City Philadelphia:

My team and I are continuing to investigate the incident that took place at the Recess Lounge. Like with all investigations, I don’t comment about what I will or will not do until all of the evidence has been thoroughly reviewed.

I understand that people are interested in the outcome of our investigation, but we’re not going to rush because some people are impatient – and to say that I am unwilling to prosecute difficult cases is a little misinformed. I’m the DA who has prosecuted police, gone after priests who shielded pedophiles, lawmakers who were caught on tape taking money for political favors and the people who attacked a gay couple in Center City.

The people of Philadelphia elected me to charge the right people with the right crimes nothing more and nothing less. My only goal is to get it right, not fast. The last thing we need is a rush to judgment.

I can handle the challenge of difficult cases and I’m only going to operate on one timeline: The timeline that ends when all the evidence is collected, has been reviewed and I have made the decision to charge or not charge a case.

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