Today, the Inquirer criticized Chief Justice Ron Castille's choice to investigate the failed Family Court development deal:
He was Castille's top deputy in the 1980s, when the chief justice was the district attorney in Philadelphia. More recently, Castille gave Chadwick a $150,000 no-bid contract last year to determine how to improve the Philadelphia courts, which have come under scrutiny for their low conviction rates.
But will the public trust that Chadwick can conduct an impartial investigation, given his long relationship with Castille; his six-figure contract with the court; and the undisclosed amount he will get to investigate Family Court spending Castille has overseen?
The short answer here is a resounding "no." The problem,
though, isn't with Chadwick. It's with with the chief justice. There is
no way that any investigation started by Castille will be perceived as
independent when its results could reveal mistakes or improprieties by
Fortunately, the FBI has launched a criminal probe. As the Inquirer and the Daily News have both suggested, the state's auditor general or attorney general might want to get involved, too.