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Weintraub Named District Attorney by County Judges

September 21, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matthew Weintraub, 215.340.8159, mdweintraub@buckscounty.org

Matthew D. Weintraub, a Bucks County native with nearly a quarter-century of experience as a prosecutor, was appointed Interim District Attorney today by the Bucks County Board of Judges.

Weintraub, 47, will complete the unexpired term of former District Attorney David W. Heckler, who retired effective Sept. 2. Weintraub intends to seek election to a four-year term next year.

“I am so excited to lead the incredible staff here at the office,” Weintraub said. “This is a dream come true for me.

“I can’t wait to serve the people of Bucks County,” he added. “I won’t let them down.”

First Assistant District Attorney Michelle A. Henry has been in charge of the office since Heckler’s departure. She will remain as First Assistant under Weintraub.

By law, it is the responsibility of the county’s judges to vote to appoint an interim District Attorney whenever a vacancy arises. That vote was taken today, and the outcome was announced by President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley.

An elated Weintraub signaled the news to his staff of attorneys with a simple email at 2:01 p.m.

“I got the job!” the email said.

Applause soon broke out as a line of well-wishers formed outside the door of Weintraub’s office.

As District Attorney, Weintraub will oversee an office staff of 88 employees, 37 of them prosecutors. Since re-joining the office in 2011, he has served as Chief of Prosecution. In addition to courtroom work, his responsibilities have involved budgetary, hiring, office policy and other decision-making roles.

Weintraub grew up in Upper Southampton Township and is a graduate of William Tennent High School, Ursinus College and the Temple University School of Law.

After earning his law degree in 1993, Weintraub worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bucks County (1993-2001) and Lehigh County (2001-2006); and as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Cape May County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office (2006-2011).

Weintraub has tried more than 100 criminal cases before juries or judges. He has prosecuted 19 defendants for some level of homicide, including 11 convictions for first- or second-degree murder. Juries have twice sentenced Weintraub’s defendants to death.

He has served as Chief of Bucks County’s Homicide by Vehicle and Drug Units, as Assistant Supervisor of the Lehigh County Grand Jury, as a Team Leader for the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and as a Trial Team Coordinator in Bucks County.

In a case of first impression, Weintraub successfully prosecuted four Philadelphia drug dealers, despite the defendants’ complete absence from Bucks County, for selling fatal doses of heroin to Bucks County residents. He has spearheaded many of the District Attorney’s ongoing anti-heroin initiatives in recent years, among other anti-crime community measures.

Weintraub has argued successfully before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has taught criminal justice courses at Rowan University and DeSales University, and currently teaches at Delaware Valley University.

In his application letter to the County Board of Judges, Weintraub summed up his qualifications in this way:

“A successful District Attorney is fair and decisive, someone who leads his office with vision and respect, and who is both passionate and compassionate, while being action- and goal-oriented,” he wrote. “I believe I possess all of these qualities.”

      

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    Congratulations.  I am good friends with your dad as he is married to a dear friend of mine.  All the best.
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    Congratulations Matt!!!  A well deserved appointment, and I am certain you will fill the postion to the best of your ability.  Best wishes to you!
  3. 35 Stephanie Nichols 27 Jan
    Dear Mr. Weintraub,

    I am writing in regards to the Gracie Packer case. I live over 2000 miles away. Reading the news reports surrounding her horrendous death, I am appalled that this beautiful child was subjected to such abuse in the years leading up to her torturous death. I hope that this evil woman Sara Packer is prosecuted to the fullest extinct of the law. I hope you can seek the death penalty is in case. She is the worst example of a foster parent. I have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, the youngest just turned 16. I look at the photo of Grace, she reminds me of my daughters. All smiles and innocent. So deserving of unconditional love. She had her entire life ahead of her. Sadly she will never have the opportunity to live that life. She is beautiful and my heart breaks that she was abused and hurt in such a horrific way. The people responsible for her murder are vile and do not deserve to breathe the same air. I wish you all the best as you pursue justice for young Grace. Sincerely,
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