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Mary Beth Buchanan, among the most political of the Bush-era U.S. attorneys, hoisted the white flag of surrender today, announcing she would no longer pursue corruption charges against former county coroner Cyril Wecht, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announces today. She remains convinced that a crime occurred, she notes, justifying her decision to prosecute one of the area’s most prominent Democrats over the use of office phones and faxes for private business, among other things.
“However, in our society everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” she said. “As we stand here today, he’s still innocent. If I could have a do-over, I’d still bring the case.”
Buchanan continues in office pending the Obama Administration’s appointment of her successor. She has announced her desire to stay on, but her offer has not been accepted by the new administration.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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