Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Allows Former Councilman to Remain Free Pending His Appeal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Allows Former Councilman to Remain Free Pending His Appeal

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A Common Pleas judge Friday granted a former Allegheny County councilman's request to remain free pending his appeal to state Superior Court.

Judge David R. Cashman, however, denied Chuck McCullough's post-sentence appeal in which he claimed that there was insufficient evidence for him to be found guilty of theft.

McCullough, who was joined in court by his family and dozens of supporters, had no comment afterward.

McCullough was found guilty of writing $50,000 worth of checks for political donations on the accounts of an elderly widow for whom he had power of attorney. He was found guilty of five counts each of theft and misapplication of property and sentenced in December to serve 2 to 5 years in prison.

Defense attorney Adam Cogan said Friday that McCullough's appeal will not be frivolous and there are real issues that will be scrutinized by the appellate court. …

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