Former U.S. Attorney David Igelsias says Mary Beth Buchanan’s decision to send FBI agents out to question members of the Wecth trial “smells of intimidation.” It’s also odd that federal prosecutors immediately announced they’d retry the case without polling the jury in the courtroom.
Also, we learn from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the judge in the case gave attorneys from both sides strict orders not to record the names of the jurors. If that’s the case, how did Buchanan track them down to send FBI agents to their homes?
The lingering question, if this case show’s that Buchanan’s office is overly aggressive, driven by politics, and will bend (or break) the rules to win, why should she be given the benefit of the doubt in other cases? For example, one of the key points of contention in the post-trial action in the Rottschaefer case is the defense’s contention–and the prosecution’s denial–that the witnesses against the doctor were given deals. If Buchanan and her subordinates have proven themselves to be less than trustworthy in the Wecth case, oughtn’t that cause the courts to take a look at other cases, too?