Don, Joanne, and Stan are joined by Bucks County D.A. Matt Weintraub and Judge Kevin Brobson. Senator Mastriano makes his weekly call but this week he had a special guest with him, Rudy Giuliani.
Matt Weintraub, a Bucks County native with over a quarter-century of experience as a prosecutor, was appointed District Attorney in 2016. On Nov. 8, 2017, Mr. Weintraub was elected to serve a full, four-year term by the voters of Bucks County.
He grew up in Upper Southampton Township and is a graduate of William Tennent High School, Ursinus College and Temple Law School.
After earning his law degree in 1993, Mr. Weintraub worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bucks and Lehigh Counties; and as an Assistant Prosecutor in Cape May County, N.J. He re-joined the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office in 2011.
As District Attorney, Mr. Weintraub oversees a staff of over 100 employees, 42 of them prosecutors. He is widely recognized for spearheading and supporting numerous community response and prevention programs, including the District Court Drug Treatment Program, Bucks County Police Assisting In Recovery (BPAIR), universal Narcan for all law enforcement, the statewide-leading medication takeback program and others.
Other countywide public safety community measures he has created or promulgated include Ben’s Campaign, a free gunlock distribution initiative; the DUI Task Force; the Drug Strike Force; The Domestic Violence Investigation (DVI) program; and CRIMEWATCH.
Mr. Weintraub has tried over 100 criminal cases before juries or judges, and has obtained 15 convictions for capital and non-capital murder. He successfully prosecuted the killers of teenager Grace Packer and musician Danny DeGennaro, and was instrumental in bringing Cosmo DiNardo to justice for murdering four young men in Solebury Township. He has argued successfully before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Weintraub was the first District Attorney in the country to purchase the universal license to the film and program Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer, which has been successfully presented to participants county-wide.
As District Attorney, he has reduced the number of overall prosecutions year after year by diverting more offenders into treatment and other programs at the earliest stages in the criminal justice system, while reducing financial barriers to entry for these same programs.
At present, Mr. Weintraub is examining ways to improve the criminal justice system for those defendants with mental illness.
Mr. Weintraub has taught criminal justice courses at Delaware Valley University, Rowan University and DeSales University. He is passionate about educating the public and our youth on justice and public safety in schools and in communities all across Bucks County.
President Judge Kevin Brobson will offer a new voice and perspective to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. He will be a voice of reason, a defender of the law as it is written, and a champion of fair and impartial justice.
Born and raised in Lycoming County, Kevin is the son of a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper and grandson of former Philadelphia Police Officer. His mother worked at the Little League Baseball’s National headquarters in Williamsport. Growing up, his parents taught him that there is no substitute for hard work.
Kevin went to college and law school in Central Pennsylvania and then clerked for a federal judge in Philadelphia before becoming an associate with Pittsburgh-headquartered Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. There he stayed in private practice for 14 years, working in commercial litigation and administrative law, eventually becoming a shareholder and practice group chair in the firm.
Since 2010, Kevin has served as a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, a statewide intermediate appellate court one step below the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Commonwealth Court is entrusted with the important responsibility of ensuring that government, at all levels, follows the law. He has not shied away from the controversial cases during his tenure. He has ruled in favor of gun rights, school choice, and, perhaps most notably, the justiciability of constitutional challenges to congressional districts drawn by the state legislature. His colleagues expressed their confidence in his collegiality, professionalism, and leadership when, in December 2020, they elected Kevin to serve as the 10th President Judge of the Commonwealth Court.
President Judge Brobson and his wife Lauren are raising their three children in a rural community just outside of Harrisburg, Dauphin County. Kevin is an active and engaged father and husband, often found coaching teams, cheering on the sidelines, running the after-school family shuttle, cooking dinner, and walking the family dogs. The Pennsylvania Bar Association has awarded him its highest rating—highly recommended—for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.