After fighting for months to get the district court removed from the Cyril Wecht case, defense counsel finally have some meat to that bone. As set out below, the government has begun interviewing jurors from the case, much to the dismay of some of the jurors. The authorizing official for that contact, my bet is, was the district court judge who presided at trial.
Wecht’s extremely capable counsel today filed a motion to require the disclosure of how the government obtained those names.
A little background is needed here, for Immediately after Judge Schwab declared a mistrial in the case last Tuesday, the government inexplicably announced that it was going to retry Mr. Wecht. The government needs to face facts – the stuff of this case, is not the stuff of which federal criminal cases are made. (See this post here.)
The government’s immediate announcement of its intentions after the mistrial was declared only lends credence to former Attorney General and now Wecht criminal counsel, Richard Thornburg’s allegation that this case is politically motivated.
Following the mistrial, there started what can only be described as a bizarre set of happenings:
My guess, the public pressure will force main justice to examine the propriety of wasting more government resources on this case.
The U.S. Attorneys Office in the Western District of Pennslyvania should be ashamed. They brought a petty case. They spent considerable, precious resources pursing the petty case. The jury was, apparently, split heavily in favor of acquittal. And, the government, apparently, can’t take their thrashing like adults.
Hey guys – your case stinks. Stop wasting time and money and move on to some real crime.