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KQV Editorial

The Cyril Wecht Saga!

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     Finally – I repeat finally – U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan has withdrawn criminal charges against Doctor Cyril Wecht, renowned pathologist and former Allegheny County coroner. 


     This ends what, in the minds of many, has been called the prosecution and persecution of Wecht.  This case has dragged on for three years and has attracted national attention.


     The whole matter began in January 2006 when a federal grand jury indicted him on 84 charges of fraud and theft.  43 of the public corruption charges were subsequently dismissed.  Dr. Wecht was brought to trial on 41 charges.  The trial ended after several weeks of testimony in a mistrial.  That was in April, 2008.


     U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin threw out some evidence in the case saying the government had unconstitutionally executed search warrants, thus minimizing the government’s case for retrial.  U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwaub was also dismissed from a possible retrial by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


     U.S. Attorney Buchanan, realizing that the heart of her case had been eliminated, chose to dismiss the charges against Wecht and Judge McLaughlin singed the request for dismissal.  Needless to say, this has been one of the most controversial court cases within memory.


     Dr. Wecht’s supporters, including myself, feel this has been a vendetta against him.  There are those who feel the charges against him should never have been filed…that allegations he had used public facilities for personal gain were without basis.


     Even though these charges against him have been set aside, Dr. Wecht has paid a tremendous price.  His national reputation has been tainted… He has been saddled with millions of dollars in legal fees…and his professional standing and personal integrity have been called into question.


     There is no question that Cyril Wecht has been, for years, a hot button individual.  To say that he has been a lightening rod is an understatement!  But should he have been subjected to the treatment he has received is certainly in question.  It’s difficult to be in the middle of a controversy where the government holds all the cards.  Fortunately for Wecht he had the resources to assemble a first-rate defense team.


     Dr. Wecht has vowed that he will continue working as a private consultant…trying to reassemble his life.


     To this end Cyril…we wish you well!




Robert W. Dickey


KQV Newsradio
Broadcast: June 5, 6, 7, 2009                                                           

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