This morning, I made sure I was there to witness it - if only to make reassure myself in the days, weeks, months and years ahead it really happened.
If you're looking for details on the case, both major newspapers already have stuff posted:
Paula Reed Ward of the P-G:
Six years after criminal charges were filed against former Allegheny County councilman Charles P. McCullough, his trial began this morning in Common Pleas Court.Yea, and it took Judge Nauhaus nearly 20 minutes to read them all to McCullough during the arraignment.
Mr. McCullough, an attorney from Upper St. Clair, faces nearly two dozen counts, including theft, misapplication of funds, making false statements and conspiracy in a nonjury trial before Senior Judge Lester G. Nauhaus.
Bobby Kerlik of the Trib:
The long-awaited trial of former Allegheny County Councilman Chuck McCullough started Monday, nearly six years after prosecutors filed charges against him.Look for TV coverage by Alan Jennings of WPXI and Harold Hayes of KDKA as well. They were sitting about 6 feet away from me this morning.
Prosecutors accused McCullough, 60, of Upper St. Clair, of abusing his power of attorney to steal nearly $200,000 from the $14.7 million estate of Shirley Jordan, an elderly woman who died in 2010 at age 93. McCullough, a Republican who served as county solicitor for a year before he was a county councilman from 2007 to 2011, is charged with two dozen counts, including nine counts of felony theft.
At last, I can finally stop the "how many days HAS it been since Chuck was arrested?" blog posts!