Thursday, April 22, 2010

Four Allegheny County DA Employees Involved In Campaign Flap

The Legal Intellegencer through Leo Strupczewski is reporting that Allegheny County's Top Prosecutor Stepehn Zappala evidently didn't do his homework before charging Senator Jane Orie with Bonusgate-like actions.

A day after Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. charged a state senator and her sister with using legislative resources to aid several campaign efforts, his office'sright-to-know officer admitted in a behind-the-scenes legal battle that four employees found records on their computers that may suggest similar activity.

Those records have not yet been turned over to the individual who made the request — Jerry S. McDevitt of K&L Gates in Pittsburgh — but the legal wrangling between him and Zappala's office indicates there's yet another twist to the prosecution of state Sen. Jane Clare Orie, R-Allegheny.

There is much legal rangling going on over the existence of the records. This Hatfield and McCoy dispute will not see a resolution any time soon.

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