In a case that took longer than Nixon's presidency to get to trial, where former Allegheny County Councilman Charles P. "Chuck" McCullough was ultimately found guilty of five third-degree felonies, this happened yesterday:
The new attorney for former Allegheny County councilman Chuck McCullough, who was found guilty of 10 criminal counts over the summer, accused the judge in the case of making improper statements and has asked him to remove himself.That's right, delayed. Again.
Megan Will’s motion, filed Friday, delayed Mr. McCullough’s sentencing scheduled for today. It is now slated for Dec. 17.
Wait. Chuck's got a new attorney? How many does that make?
From the Trib:
Attorney Megan Will of Somerset, McCullough's fifth defense attorney in a case that has dragged since 2009...And how long has she been on the case? Again, from the Trib:
Will joined the case Nov. 3.That's a week ago! ONE WEEK! What has Chuck been doing in the 270 days since he was found guilty?
The issue is some ex parte communication. From the P-G:
An ex parte conversation, which is prohibited, is one in which one party to the case is not present.And so on. This story, it seems, doesn't want to end.
Ms. Will included one claim that the judge called Mr. McCullough's trial attorney, Jon Pushinsky, on Dec. 29 and scolded him for filing a court petition; and another claim that the judge told a mutual friend of the defense attorney, "tell Pushinsky to go non-jury," in Mr. McCullough's case.