He was arrested February 19, 2009, went on trial 2,245 days later, was found guilty late last July and finally sentenced last December.
Let me remind you how long 2,245 days is. It's longer than:
- WWII in the Pacific - December 7, 1941 (Attack on Pearl Harbor) to August 15, 1945 (VJ Day): 1,347 days
- WWII in Europe - September 1, 1939 (Germany invades Poland) to May 7, 1945 (Germany Surrenders) 2,075 days
- Nixon Presidency - January 20, 1969 (Nixon's First Inauguration) to August 9, 1974 (Nixon's resignation): 2,027 days
Chuck was found guilty of five felonies. He then complicated his life by filing papers with the court saying that he agreed to a judge-only trial because he felt coerced nto it. This was in direct contradiction to his own statements under oath. And so now he's been charged with perjury.
It's now May 5, 2016, 294 days since he was found guilty of that first set of charges, and so what happened yesterday?
An Allegheny County judge on Thursday agreed to put a hold on former county Councilman Chuck McCullough's perjury trial while he appeals his theft conviction to state Superior Court.So he's not begun serving any jail time, awaiting the outcome of an appeal and his second trial will start after that.
McCullough sought a stay of the June jury trial while appealing his July 2015 conviction on five counts each of felony theft and misdemeanor misapplication of entrusted funds. The latter stem from 2009 charges that he donated money from his elderly client's estate to political campaigns and his wife's charity.
Common Pleas Judge David Cashman granted the stay but said the second trial would be scheduled to begin five days after the Pennsylvania Superior Court's decision in the theft case if it does not rule in McCullough's favor.
But here's the kicker. It's the last sentence of the Trib's piece:
The Superior Court has not set a date for arguments in McCullough's appeal.You've got to be frickin' kiddin' me.