Scott G. Edwards Posted May 19, 2006 Share Posted May 19, 2006 I happen to put a lot of creedence into the findings of Dr. Cyril Wecht, I really think he has quite a grasp of forensics, below is a news clipping of the day he was indicted on numerous counts and charges and my thoughts are that he may have gotten a lot closer to the actual truth of some of the high profile cases that he looked into i.e. JFK. Seizing all of his files and his computers, I'll just bet that files and memory disappear and no one will be accountable for their loss... Anyone want to post their thoughts on this? Friday :: January 20, 2006 PA Coroner Cyril Wecht Indicted High-profile Allegheny county coroner Cyril Wecht has been indicted on 84 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and related offenses arising from his alleged use of government resources to benefit his private practice. FBI agents searched his office, seizing computers and his private files last spring, and three of his employees resigned as the federal investigation proceeded. Wecht... has said he is careful to not do private work on county time. He also has said he has never been questioned about the private consulting work he has done for the decades he has held a government job. ....Wecht, who is also an attorney, teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. He did not immediately return messages seeking comment Friday. While I often disagreed with Wecht's conclusions, particularly in the JonBenet Ramsey case, I liked him personally and am sorry for his difficulties. Former U.S. Attorney Dick Thornburgh is among those on his defense team. If Thornburgh couldn't negotiate a deal prior to indictment, that signals to me prosecutors want jail time from him. Good luck, Cyril. Update: The AP reports on the charges: [The charges include] using county employees to campaign for him and handle his private lab work. The indictment also accuses Wecht of trading unclaimed bodies stored by the county coroners office, which he headed, to a Pittsburgh university in exchange for use of a laboratory there for his private practice....[it] accuses him of using county employees to run private errands and do work for his private practice between 1996 and December 2005.... [they include] mail fraud, wire fraud, theft of honest services and theft from the county coroner's office. Dr. Wecht responded to reporters today: "Am I innocent? Yes, I'm innocent," Wecht told reporters Friday evening. Asked whether he thought the indictment would affect his reputation, he said: "Reputation is in the eyes of the beholder, as is beauty. So we'll see how it plays out with people." Wecht's side says the charges grew out of a feud with the District Attorney. The attorneys said the investigation began as a result of "fanciful allegations" by the county district attorney, with whom Wecht has feuded. They also questioned the U.S. attorney's jurisdiction over his conduct in county government. The indictment said federal authorities have jurisdiction because the county uses some federal funds. As for who might be witnesses against him: Two people who worked for him were indicted, one accused of performing private lab work on county time, the other of submitting false mileage reimbursement invoices for work done in neighboring counties. Interesting right? Scott Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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