May 18, 2009
Key Evidence Tossed in Wecht Case - Should it be Called Dead?
The case against Dr. Cyril Wecht, former coroner in Allegheny County, Pa. and former President of the American Academy of Forensic Science, a started with many counts (see here) and eventually was reduced to 14. At the initial trial that lasted 7 weeks, the government presented 44 witnesses and the defense rested without presenting anything, which is not surprising considering the nature of this case. It resulted in a hung jury. But the government decided to proceed further.
The government's ability to now proceed on the remaining counts is in serious jeopardy as the court tossed out evidence obtained from a search warrant. The government is now faced with deciding whether to proceed to a higher court appealing the court's ruling on the search warrant. Is this case really worth any more tax dollars?
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