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Endorsements

I have known Chuck inside and outside the courtroom for 40 years and know that he has what it
takes to be a top notch District Attorney. Lord knows we need someone like him right now.

— HONORABLE RONALD D. CASTILLE Chief Justice of Pa. Supreme Court (Retired) and former District Attorney of Philadelphia

Chuck, you have my permission to use my name, any way you wish, to help your candidacy for
Philadelphia District Attorney. I read your position papers and they made me smile. I'm very
concerned about what is happening to our great City. Knowing you as long as I have, I know
you’ll do us proud.

— RICHARD A. SPRAGUE, ESQUIRE (World renowned prosecutor and attorney)

I have known young Chuck since I was an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County,
Pennsylvania. I hate picking up the Philadelphia Inquirer anymore because it’s full of shootings
and killings. We need someone like Chuck to take over as Philadelphia District Attorney, sooner
rather than later. He has the ability, energy, and the ideas.

— HONORABLE SANDRA SHULTZ NEWMAN Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Retired)

I first met Chuck Peruto during a hard fought jury trial, where I was against him. In speaking
with him over the years since then, my anger has turned to total friendship, and would love it if
he was our District Attorney. Philadelphia is crumbling before our eyes, and we need his
leadership and ideas.

— CHIEF INSPECTOR JOSEPH SULLIVAN (Retired)

Like most cops, you have a tendency to dislike Defense Attorneys until you get to know
them. Chuck is not only an excellent Defense Attorney, but he thinks the way we do. I have no
doubt that he will make a fantastic District Attorney in Philadelphia and have no concern
whatsoever about his switching from defense to prosecution (unlike some others where I would
have a great concern.)

— WILLIAM BLACKBURN Police Inspector (Retired)

I have known Chuck for over 40 years and have observed him many times trying juries and
other matters. Having been an Assistant District Attorney myself, I wholeheartedly endorse
Chuck for District Attorney because he is the right man for right now.

— HONORABLE WILLIAM MAZZOLA Common Pleas Court Judge (Retired)

I was an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for many years, having just retired. I
endorse Chuck for District Attorney, having tried many cases against him, and getting to know
him on a personal basis as well. I have no doubt that he can take either side of any case, and if
he takes the side of the prosecution, the defense better look out! I hope he saves our City,
because what I read is disgusting.

— DEBORAH HARLEY, ESQUIRE

I was an Assistant District Attorney and Assistant United States Attorney my entire
career. Chuck Peruto is a class act and ferocious lawyer. I have no doubt that if he were on the
side of the Commonwealth, we would be well served. He is a man of integrity, who could make
this switch easily.

— CURTIS DOUGLAS, ESQUIRE

There’s two things scare me right now. The first is the gun violence that we see on our streets
every single day. The second is that another defense attorney wants to run for District Attorney.
In the case of Chuck Peruto, I don’t have that second fear because I know him as a man, and I
am certain that if he were our District Attorney, he would fight for us like he does for the
defense. His knowledge, energy, and ideas are what we need for right now.

— MUHAMMAD ABDUR RAHIM Philadelphia Police (Retired)

I was in the Catholic seminary studying to be a priest with Chuck too many years ago to
mention. I have come to realize that everything he does, comes with maximum effort. If elected
to District Attorney in Philadelphia, I have no doubt that Philadelphia will be safer overnight.

— Domenic Specca

I was a police officer for 30 years and came to know Chuck while on opposite sides of a case. I
am still trying to figure out how he won, but I can tell you if he were on our side, criminals
should move to a different City! Knowing him the way I do, he would be an asset to
Philadelphia.

— ROBERT YANTORNO

As a builder in the Fishtown area, selling homes would be a lot easier if the City were
safer. Knowing Chuck like I do, I know people would feel safer the moment he gets elected
District Attorney in Philadelphia. I know he will tackle this like a madman like he does
everything else.

— JIM MARANSKY

As a retired Philadelphia narcotics police officer, I had many battles with Chuck Peruto, and
came to know him very well. Getting to know Chuck out of court, has been nothing less than a
real pleasure, and I have learned his attitude towards crime, long before he decided to run for
District Attorney. I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy, knowing his values, ability, and
energy at a time when our City is completely lacking in leadership.

— GARY GUARALDO Philadelphia Police Crime Scene Unit (Retired)

I have known Chuck for 40 years going against him many times in Court. I don’t care to bring
up the outcome of those cases because it still hurts. However, knowing him as well as I do, I
would welcome Chuck to the prosecution side, as I know he can make the switch, and believe he
would be an asset. I am on the Chuck Peruto for DA bandwagon!

— MICHAEL MCGINLEY Philadelphia Police Detective (Retired)

In battling it out with Chuck Peruto during my years in Homicide, I got to know the man as well
as the lawyer. I am 100% convinced that he can make the switch from defense to prosecutor and
the City would be well served to have him. The way he tackles anything is with monstrous effort,
and I would welcome him on our side in a second.

— CHUCK BOYLE Philadelphia Homicide Detective (Retired)

I fully support Chuck’s race for DA. — Matt Wolfe

As a retired police officer and former Marine, I got to know many attorneys. I crossed paths with Chuck Peruto on a few occasions. Mr. Peruto is a man who cares for Philadelphia, and it’s abandoned residents. Peruto is not only brilliant but is of high integrity and and ethical standards. Philadelphia current District Attorney Larry Krasner not only lacks integrity, but works for the criminal element and discounts the victims, just look at Philadelphia’s violent crime rate. A vote for Peruto will be a vote for law and order and take control back from the criminals and restore sanity back to the community. — Robert Boyden, Ph.D.

Knowing Chuck for over 40 years, I know the type of person and lawyer he is.  Larry Krasner has given defense attorneys a bad name when it comes to switching to the prosecution side.  He is the exception, not the rule.  Chuck Peruto would make an outstanding District Attorney.  I say that based on his work ethic and personal ideals when it comes to criminals.  In reading his position papers, I agree with him 100%.

— MIKE CHITWOOD Superintendent of Police, Upper Darby (Retired); Homicide Detective, Philadelphia (Retired); Chief of Police, Portland, Maine (Retired)

I have known Chuck personally for 30 years, and of him for 40.  When I was with the Bureau, and Chuck was against us, we knew we were in for a battle.  However, that battle was always ethical and real.  In speaking with him over the years, I got to know him extremely well, and I have no doubt that he will represent the citizens of Philadelphia as its District Attorney, with passion, expertise, and energy.


— DAVE GENTILE, Former Special Agent, FBI for 30 + years (Retired)

I have never had a case against Chuck Peruto, but certainly knew of his reputation.  It is rare that everyone has the same opinion of someone, but that is the case with Chuck.  Everyone I worked with respected him for being honest, skillful, and tenacious.

My wife, who knew him from dating her girlfriend some 30 years ago, holds the same opinion. 

Hanging out with Chuck, and speaking with him, I have no doubt in my mind that he can turn the corner and make an excellent District Attorney.  He thinks and acts the way we do and hearing about his ideas and reading his opinion papers has fortified that opinion.

— VITO GUARINO, DEA Agent (Retired)

I fully support Chuck Peruto, Jr. for DA. I have known Chuck as an adversary when I was an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. I have worked along side of Chuck when I was a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia. He is relentless in his approach to any legal matter. He understands the big picture of criminal justice. He loves the City of Philadelphia and wants to make it safer. Chuck will undoubtedly ensure that those who use or carry guns illegally are punished harshly within the powers of the DA's office and what the law permits thereby making Philadelphia safer, while also providing the appropriate diversionary programs and reforms needed to allow non-violent offenders to move forward quickly as productive members of society. Chuck will work tirelessly to make the city safer. — Robert Lynch

As a longtime community builder and banking executive, I know that SAFETY is the single most important requirement of every community. Safety far outweighs all other considerations. As a law student, I worked in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. I saw firsthand how the DA’s Office supported Philadelphia’s policemen and policewomen by prosecuting violent criminals and keeping repeat offenders off of our streets. Under Larry Krasner everything has been turned upside down. Violent, repeat criminals are not prosecuted. Instead, they are turned loose. Under Larry Krasner, nearly every neighborhood in Philadelphia has become a lawless shooting gallery. Career gangsters terrorize our City with no fear of arrest or prosecution. Innocent citizens including babies and children are shot dead every day. I am proud to have known Chuck Peruto for many years. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that as District Attorney, Chuck will support Philadelphia’s men and women in Blue, restore law and order and make our City and it’s great neighborhoods safe again. — Christopher DiGeorge, Esq.

As the Republican Ward Leader of the 1st ward, it is my honor to endorse Chuck Peruto for District Attorney. I look forward to working with Chuck to stop Larry Krasner and Jim Kenney’s radical policies that put our public safety at risk — Billy Lanzilotti

I first met Chuck in the 90's, when, as a criminal defense attorney, he took on the case of Gary Heidnik and I represented the surviving family of one of the girls he killed, in a wrongful death lawsuit for the negligence of the Philadelphia Police Dept. Our relationship evolved closer, when Chuck hired my son, Brandon, just after he graduated law school as Chuck's young associate, and Chuck befriended my oldest son, Brett, a Philadelphia Attorney, moving in the same social circles. After reading Chuck's mission statement, he can clearly be lauded as a true visionary and innovator of a currently flawed DA's office. Knowing Chuck well, he will aggressively and tenaciously fulfill that vision and innovation of his own DA's office, with a laser focused always ready to "answer the bell attitude." The courtroom is his home, and as the District Attorney, he will give no room to frivolous defenses, and will wear his "game face" as a badge of honor. Chuck possesses a laser focused legal mind, an inexhaustible work ethic, an unforgiving effective courtroom tactician and a relentless rock hard resolve to run his DA's office the same way; his way. One of the many reasons we should want Chuck as our DA is, in his over 40 years of building a reputation as a successful criminal defense attorney, he will strategically utilize the mental "playbook" he learned against every formidable defense attorney that he will face. Chuck will instill a renewed commitment to the rule of law and order to the City of Philadelphia. Chuck's trial bag will be locked and loaded securing justice for the victimized and righting the wrongs. He will treat the victims of crimes with compassion and respect, will listen to their needs as a trusted confidant and advocate. Under Chuck as DA, their will be no mistrust between the Police and the citizens they are committed to serve. There will be no brutalizing of citizens and criminals will not reign the streets with impunity. Chuck, as a champion of the people, comes hardwired as a leader for us as Philly's next DA, who will stop at nothing to achieve justice for the victims of criminals. ------Neil Perloff, Esquire. — Neil Perloff

I have known Chuck since we were undergraduates at St. Joseph's University, since 1973. Even then, he showed balanced, practical insight into everyday life. Early on, he discussed the path he would pursue to assume a responsible position in law, starting with completing his undergraduate work in three years so he could enter law school, and then the legal profession as early as he could. Success was never a question, only that his love of the city, its residents, would be the priority over any personal gains. I spent my first 34 years in Philadelphia, 28 in South Philly, currently disillusioned with the city but would be optimistic with Chuck as DA. — Thomas Nicosia

Chuck would do a very good job - Philadelphia! Very sad. The legal system, Chuck Peruto! — Jake Janowski

I lived and worked in Philadelphia for 56 years. My father retired from the Streets Department. Like me, my kids were born in SW Philly. Until recently I supported Krasner, mainly because I saw hope in his progressive agenda, a hope now erased by the scourge of gun and drug violence, the prosecutorial ineptitude of the DAO, and the dysfunction of the PPD. I don’t know Chuck personally, but after reading his issue positions, listening to his action plans and knowing what I know about his long and distinguished professional career - I believe what he says and I believe he’d make the city I love better. Mike Dobson, Chief Officer, SEPTA (Retired) — Mike Dobson

I, Charles J Stecker Jr., founder of The International Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Inc. and Chahlie’s Angels Programs of Empowerment LLC. fully endorse and support Charles "Chuck" Peruto Esq. for the Office of District Attorney of Philadelphia. This endorsement may come as a shock to many who read it... As fate would have it Charles "Chuck" Peruto's father represented a foster mother who murdered my brother in 1967. I've never been angry with what his father did because he did what he was hired to do, keep his client free, if possible. The Prosecutorial Arm of the Philadelphia Judicial System that is attached to the body of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office failed my Brother and me, not A. Charles Peruto Sr. Esq., He did his job and did it well. I hold much respect for and honorable remembrance of him. I was blessed to be in attendance at his memorial service before his body was laid to eternal rest. Here I am some 54+ years after my brother's murder Standing in Staunch Support of the son of A. Charles Peruto Esq., Charles "Chuck" Peruto Esq., becoming the next District Attorney for my Beloved Birth Place and the Birth Place of Our Nation, Philadelphia. The Prosecutorial Arm of the Philadelphia Judicial System that is attached to the body of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office led by current Philadelphia District Attorney is miserably failing the Citizens of Philadelphia today just as its predecessor failed my brother, myself and our family some 54+ years ago. I firmly believe that Charles "Chuck" Peruto Esq. will continue to create his own positive and empowering Footprints of Justice imprinted alongside those of his father on the streets of Philadelphia. Balancing a System where for far too long the unjust have prevailed. On November 2, 2021... VOTE... Peruto for DA Signed with Sincerity, Charles J Stecker Jr. — Charles J. Stecker Jr.

I have been in Emergency Services for over 20 years. I have never seen this city tearing itself apart. I seen Mr. Peruto on T.V. and i honestly believe he is Our Last Hope. God Bless You Mr. Peruto. Jerry Saxton Philadelphia, Pa 19154 — Jerry Saxton


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