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.
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.
Alliance For Police Accountability Goes To District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s Office [hana-flv-player video="http://justiceforjordanmiles.com/media/video/20110603-WTAE-petitions.flv" width="600" height="350" description="" player="2" autoload="false" autoplay="false" loop="false" autorewind="true" /] WTAE—A group that wants criminal charges against Pittsburgh police who were involved in Jordan Miles’ beating dropped off a petition signed by 1,000 people at District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office Friday morning.
Lauren Daley, Pittsburgh City Paper—City officials announced today that three police officers accused of beating a Homewood teenager last year will be re-instated, now that the US Department of Justice has declined to prosecute them.
WTAE—No criminal charges will be brought against three Pittsburgh police officers who were involved in the violent arrest of then-high school student Jordan Miles in Homewood more than a year ago.
Associated Press—Three white plainclothes Pittsburgh police officers who had been suspended with pay for more than 15 months will be reinstated now that a city investigation has failed to “prove or disprove” allegations that they wrongly beat a black teen.
3 faced charges in alleged brutality against Jordan Miles Sadie Gurman and Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A Justice Department decision Wednesday not to charge three police officers with civil rights violations in the case of Jordan Miles brought relief for the accused and disillusionment for the Homewood teen whose name became inextricably linked with police [...]