U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell today announced a federal grand jury handed up a five count indictment of former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar said the indictment included one count of criminal conspiracy. Judge Mitchell described the four other counts as “tax problems.” The grand jury foreman said 17 members were present and at least 12 voted to indict. Mr. Cessar motioned for an arrest warrant. At an afternoon initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Judge Mitchell, Mr. Harper pleaded not guilty as is standard at this stage of federal proceeding. He appeared in a brown suit with attorneys Robert DelGreco and Robert Leicht, who said they will continue to represent him.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jordan Miles case not defining moment for Civil Rights Section, says U.S. Attorney Hickton
‘I hope our civil rights effort will not be judged by one case’ Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A year ago last week, the region’s new top federal prosecutor tasked a team of five attorneys with pursuing civil rights violations.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The civil case filed by Jordan Miles against the city of Pittsburgh isn’t weighty enough to warrant the breaching of the traditional secrecy of federal grand jury proceedings, U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster ruled Tuesday.
Brian Bowling, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Attorneys for Pittsburgh and a Homewood man suing the city for police brutality must conduct their own investigations to prepare for trial instead of cribbing notes from a federal grand jury investigation of the incident at the heart of the lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster ruled late Tuesday that the city of Pittsburgh and the legal team for Jordan Miles can’t have access to secret grand jury testimony.
Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The city of Pittsburgh and attorneys for Jordan Miles will be permitted to view some records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into police handling of his January 2010 arrest.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The city of Pittsburgh on Thursday asked a federal judge to force the U.S. attorney’s office to turn over all grand jury testimony in the federal investigation of three Pittsburgh police officers involved in the arrest of high school student Jordan Miles during a confrontation in Homewood in 2010.
Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Members of the NAACP met today with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to ask him to prosecute three Pittsburgh police officers in the Jan. 12, 2010, beating of Jordan Miles.
Charing Ball, Atlanta Post—President Obama has been criticized a lot lately for neglecting to address the issues that his black constituency deems important. However, a recent announcement (which has pretty much flown under the radar) just might be the key to swaying the opinions of some disgruntled folks in the black and minority communities.