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.
Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. announced this morning that there is “not a prosecutable case” against three white Pittsburgh police officers resulting from their efforts to subdue a young black man in January 2010.
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.
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.
Brian Bowling, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—A federal judge should deny Pittsburgh’s request for federal grand jury testimony in the Jordan Miles investigation because the attorneys in the civil lawsuit between Miles and the city need to do their own work, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a court document filed Tuesday.
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.
NAACP Meets With Allegheny County D.A. To Talk About Teen’s Beating By Police Representatives from the national and local chapters of the NAACP met with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday to discuss the Jordan Miles case.
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.
NAACP To Meet With Allegheny County D.A. To Talk About Teen’s Beating By Police WTAE—Representatives from the national and local chapters of the NAACP will meet with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday to discuss the Jordan Miles case.
Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The Alliance for Police Accountability delivered more than 1,000 signatures to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office this morning, again urging that criminal charges be filed against the three city police officers involved in the beating of Jordan Miles.