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Friday, April 18, 2008
Correction- Cyril Wecht
I just wanted to correct something that I have been posting recently. There were early reports that the jury had favored aquittal in the Cyril Wecht trial, but a story in the Post Gazette today indicated otherwise. "The jury in the federal trial of Dr. Cyril H. Wecht split 6-5 in favor of conviction on 17 of the 41 public corruption counts against the former Allegheny County coroner, according to a letter from a juror released yesterday by the U.S. government." This was released by Mary Beth Buchanan to support the retrial that she has been going after. Many have criticized her choice, and the FBI contact of the jurors post trial. The letter from the juror was included in a court filing responding to defense allegations that the government might have improperly identified jurors and used FBI agents to contact them after the case ended last week in a mistrial. "At no time during this process did any agent or attorney for the government intimidate or threaten any jurors in any way whatsoever, and at no time did any government attorneys or agents violate any order of this court," Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen S. Stallings wrote. I can't believe we are going to have to go through this all again beginning May 27th.