Mary Beth Buchanan’s expensive, high-profile, politically-loaded pursuit of Pittsburgh-area medical examiner Cyril Wecht has finally come to an end.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says it’s time for her career to do the same.
When it finally came time to acknowledge the inevitable and seek to dismiss the charges, the U.S. attorney couldn’t resist taking one last stab at vindication, saying of Dr. Wecht, “He wasn’t acquitted of anything. It was a hung jury. However, in our society, everyone is innocent until proven guilty.”
Indeed. And as Ms. Buchanan spectacularly failed to prove Dr. Wecht’s guilt, that last insinuation of guilt was inappropriate. It is time for Ms. Buchanan to take responsibility for her failure and resign before President Barack Obama asks for her resignation, which he could not now be blamed for doing.
If President Obama is reluctant to pursue any sort of sanctions against the people who politicized the Justice Department for fear of appearing vindictive, he should at least take the time to review possible incidences of wrongful prosecution by the Bush administration’s more bloodthirsty U.S. attorneys.
He could start with Buchanan and the case of Dr. Bernard Rottschaefer.