Five years since a grand jury accused attorney Charles McCullough of taking money from an elderly woman's estate, the former Allegheny County councilman has yet to stand trial.And from the P-G:
The case has been delayed at least eight times since September 2009, for various reasons, and appeals tacked on two more years of delays.
At a status conference on Wednesday, Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen stepped down from the case because scheduling conflicts would go beyond his November retirement, causing another delay.
The case goes to the court's administrative judge for reassignment, and it could be a month before a trial date is set.
It has been delayed at least nine times.Let's review the timeline here. On Feburary 19, 2009, I blogged that Chuck McCullough had been arrested.
“This case has been around a long time,” Judge Machen said. “And I've entertained every one of your requests for continuance. I’m sending the case back for reassignment.
“Best of luck to all of you.”
The delays have been for various reasons, including both defendants’ switching counsel repeatedly.
Some of the things that happened since Chuck McCullough was arrested and today:
- Jerry Sandusky arrested (November 5, 2011)
- Jerry Sandusky's trial began (June 11, 2011)
- Jerry Sandusky was found guilty (June 22,2012)
- H.R. 3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was introduced in the House of Representatives (September 17, 2009)
- H.R. 3590 was signed into law (March 23, 2010)
- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot by Jared Lee Loughner (January 8, 2011)
- Jared Lee Loughner pled guilty (August 7, 2012)
The list is endless. If all these extremely complicated events could occur between February 19, 2009 and today, why can't we get Chuck McCullough in a court room to stand trial?
I'm just asking.