Saturday, May 10, 2008
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals entered a stay of the Cyril Wecht trial pending appeal (for background on this case see here). The case of the 77 year old coroner charged with federal violations for alleged state conduct was set for retrial following a hung jury.
A motion to expedite the appeal was also entered. The appellee's brief is due on or before May 15th and the appellant's reply brief has a deadline of May 20th. On the day this order was granted, there was also an entrance of appearance by Richard L. Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania Governor and former Attorney General of the United States and now with the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Preston, Gates, Ellis LLP.
Should DOJ really be spending taxpayer money on this attempt to re-prosecute this individual?
Government's Response Arguing that a Stay is Not Necessary - Download govt. Response-Wecht.pdf
Court Order Rejecting Government's Position - Download wecht_order.pdf