I don't expect that this will be settled until they go to the PA Supreme Court.
Who is paying for this?
How much does it cost
?NEPA News PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The ongoing legal feud between Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. and Coroner Dr. Cyril H. Wecht found itself in front of the state Commonwealth Court.
A three-judge panel heard arguments Monday on Wecht's appeal of a lower court ruling that prohibited him from convening an open inquest into the Aug. 28, 2004, death of a 91-year-old woman at a suburban Pittsburgh nursing home.
Prosecutors argued an inquest would force investigators to discuss the case publicly and they want to preserve testimony for a pending criminal probe.
The coroner's attorney countered that any pending charges do not address the manner of death in this case. The lower court ruling halting the inquest intrudes on the coroner's powers and duties, he argued.
Zappala has accused Wecht of overstepping his authority by ordering open inquests into cases after the prosecutor ruled no criminal charges were warranted."