Thursday, March 12, 2009

Looks Like Luzerne County Won't Be The Only Court To Have Cases Reviewed

McKeesport will review criminal cases back to January, 2008 but not for the same reasons as Luzerne County.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The city of McKeesport will conduct an audit of criminal cases stemming back to January of 2008 after seven officers were have found to have logged overtime hours for court appearances they never made.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala met with Chief Joe Pero and Mayor Brewster this afternoon and said he would assist the city in performing the audit. Mr. Zappala added that his office would review records relating to cases in which McKeesport detectives or officers were due to testify. Yesterday, Mayor Brewster said that as far as he knew, no officer missed scheduled testimony and no cases were compromised by an officer failing to show.

The seven officers were suspended for five days without pay for the incident and have been "reassigned," Mayor Brewster said. He would not indicate whether the infractions resulted in any demotions.

What is going on in the criminal justice system these days. Sheezzzz..

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