Announcement ensures smooth transition and community support
PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 11, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today, surrounded by city officials and community leaders, named Tariq El-Shabazz to be the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s (DAO) next Deputy for Investigations and next First Assistant District Attorney when the current First Assistant District Attorney George D. Mosee, Jr. retires in December 2016. El-Shabazz will begin as Deputy on September 6, 2016.
Williams’ announcement will fill a current vacancy as the Deputy of Investigations and allow El-Shabazz to gain more familiarity with the Investigations Division and the role of the First Assistant, ensuring continuity with the office’s current First Assistant District Attorney George D. Mosee, Jr. El-Shabazz has decades of award-winning legal experience both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in addition to being an outspoken voice for justice, fair policing, just prosecutions and open communications with the public.
“It means so much to have these distinguished civic, community and religious leaders join us for today’s announcement. Tariq El-Shabazz was a powerhouse prosecutor years ago and is currently an advocate for a strong connection and two-way communication between our neighborhoods and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “He will make a great Deputy and, when the time comes, will make an outstanding First Assistant.”
Williams was joined at the announcement by: Richard Ross, Philadelphia Police Commissioner; Curtis Jones, Philadelphia Councilman, 4th District; Jewell Williams, Philadelphia Sherriff; Alyn Waller, Senior Pastor of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church; Cody Anderson, Community Activist; Saddiq Abdul-Jabbar, Philadelphia Human Rights Commission; Qasim Rashad, General Council, United Muslim Masjid; and Darryl Schuler, Community Organizer; Rev. Dr.
The Investigations Division currently houses the Philadelphia District Attorney’s (DAO) Office’s Special Investigations, Insurance Fraud, Economic and Cyber Crime, Government Fraud and the Dangerous Drug Offender Units.
“Thank you Mr. District Attorney for this opportunity, it is nothing short of an honor to join your team and to continue the good work that you and the Investigations Division are doing,” said El-Shabazz. “The work that we will do for the citizens of this great City will, as you have often said, continue to be done with integrity, justice and transparency with the hope that we will keep strengthening the all-important relationship between the community and the District Attorney’s Office.”
Earlier this year Philadelphia Council President Darrell Clarke appointed Mr. El-Shabazz, along with local community and political leaders, to a special commission to study ways to reform Philadelphia’s criminal justice system. El-Shabazz was the Managing and Founding Partner of El-Shabazz + Harris, LLC. and has more than 28-years of experience with civil and criminal litigation in Federal and State Court. He has tried over 1,000 jury trials and in 2005 was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.
Tariq has also built a reputation as a legal expert, appearing on dozens of local and national television and radio shows. As a community leader, he frequently participates in legal forums, many on the impact of the criminal justice system on Philadelphia’s African-American community. He also mentors young African-American men through community-based boxing and football programs.
Before going into private practice, El-Shabazz was an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in the DAO for five years. While in the office he received the Prosecutorial Merit Award. He is a graduate of Hofstra University and the University of Baltimore Law Center, and will reside in the Mt. Airy section of the City.
“No words can express my admiration and thanks for the good work George Mosee has done for this office and me personally. His skill and heart are unmatched, and when he retires at the end of the year he will be sorely missed by all 600 employees including our attorneys and critical staff,” added Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “By making today’s announcement before George retires, I can make sure his vision and diplomacy continues after his retirement and there is a seamless transition to his successor.”
George Mosee was appointed as the office’s First Assistant District Attorney in November of 2015. From 2002 to 2015, Mosee was the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Juvenile Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. The Juvenile Division includes the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program, Juvenile Prosecution Unit, Habitual Offender Unit, Child Support Unit and Youth Aid Panels. Mosee joined the office in 1988 and served in various units including Motions, Major Trials, Federal Alternatives to State Trials as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Asset Forfeiture as Chief, and Chief of the Dangerous Drug Offender Unit. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Mosee was the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Narcotics Division.