Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Decides Material Can Be Shared in Rosfeld's Civil, Criminal Cases

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Decides Material Can Be Shared in Rosfeld's Civil, Criminal Cases

Article excerpt

An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge agreed Tuesday to allow the attorneys involved in the criminal case against East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld to share discovery materials with attorneys on the federal civil case against him.

Officer Rosfeld is charged with homicide for the June 19 shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, who was unarmed as he ran from a felony traffic stop in East Pittsburgh.

A separate civil case is ongoing in U.S. District Court, in which Antwon's family is suing Officer Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh for wrongful death and excessive force.

In a motion filed last week, criminal defense attorney Patrick Thomassey sought permission from Common Pleas Judge Alexander P. Bicket to share discovery materials with attorneys, investigators and experts working on the civil suit.

"Obviously, our interests are the same," Mr. Thomassey said at a hearing Tuesday. "The facts are the same."

He told Judge Bicket that the attorneys in the civil case, Paul Krepps and Thomas McGinnis, are assisting him in preparing for the criminal case. They are also paying for his investigator and use-of-force expert.

Mr. Thomassey, who was angry throughout the hearing, accused the prosecution of putting up roadblocks to stop his client from getting a fair trial.

"They don't want information to get out to the media about what Mr. Rose was doing prior to the shooting."

"And neither do you," Judge Bicket said.

"Are you kidding? I'll put it out tomorrow," Mr. Thomassey responded.

Neither man elaborated, and there is a gag order in the case prohibiting the parties from speaking to the media about it.

Antwon was the front-seat passenger in a gold car that, police said, was used in a drive-by shooting in North Braddock 13 minutes before Antwon was killed. Officer Rosfeld, on patrol in East Pittsburgh, spotted the car, with a shot-out rear window, and pulled it over on Grandview Avenue. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.