You remember that 52-page document that a Grand Jury presented? Here's how the P-G described it:
A county grand jury today handed up a 52-page presentment that alleges Mr. McCullough, an attorney, and his sister, Kathleen A. McCullough, bilked money from the $14.5 million trust fund of an Upper St. Clair widow, Shirley H. Jordan, 90.And so on. Did you see the date on that?
The investigation began after an article appeared in the Post-Gazette in April 2007 in which Mrs. Jordan denied that she donated $10,000 to each of four political candidates the year before, according to an affidavit that accompanied the arrests of Mr. McCullough and his sister.
Chuck McCullough was arrested a little more than 5 years ago.
Has there been a trial yet?
Um, no. In fact an astute reader emailed a legal document to me a few days ago. Here's the first paragraph:
Appellant, Charles P. McCullough, appeals from the denial of his pre-trial motions to dismiss criminal charges, pursuant to this Court’s grant of McCullough’s pro se petition for review on May 23, 2012. After careful review, we affirm the trial court’s pre-trial rulings.If I am reading the rest of it correctly (and as I am not an attorney, that's always a possibility), it says that McCullough's appeal to have the charges dropped were denied. A point reinforced by my astute reader, who wrote:
Basically the Superior Court dismissed his appeal of the lower court's refusal to dismiss the charges. I assume he will now appeal to Pa. Supreme Court. If he loses there, I would think there is no reason the trial can't finally start, subject, of course, to whatever legal maneuvers he has up his sleeve. To me, the most interesting thing is that he is representing himself.So how long has it been?
Let's put this in some context.
- Jerry Sandusky was arrested in November 2011 and he was found guilty the following July.
- Richard Poplawski killed three police officers in April 2009 and he was found guilty in June 2011
- Jane Orie was indicted in April 2010 and was convicted March 2012
I am NOT saying that McCullough is guilty. He has every assumption of innocence until proven guilty that everyone else has. Nor am I saying that he's been charged with anything as heinous as killing a police officer or raping young boys.
What I AM asking is this: How is it that such high profile cases as Sandusky, Poplawski and Orie can go to trial and our friend Chuck is still filing appeals?