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Pittsburgh DA fends off primary challenge, 1st in 20 years


Added 05-22-19 12:03:02am EST - “Pittsburgh's longtime top prosecutor has fended off a challenge in the Democratic primary, his first in 20 years.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Pittsburgh DA fends off primary challenge, 1st in 20 years”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh’s longtime top prosecutor has fended off a challenge in the Democratic primary, his first in 20 years.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday defeated a former public defender who criticized his handling of the case of a white police officer charted in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

Political newcomer Turahn Jenkins announced his candidacy just weeks after Antwon Rose II was fatally shot in the back by East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, leading to protests.

He criticized Zappala’s office for not calling an expert witness on the use of force during Rosfeld’s trial. He also said prosecutors should have objected to letting Rosfeld remain free on bail before trial. Rosfeld was acquitted.

Zappala defended his office’s handling of the Rosfeld case. He said Tuesday that “political rhetoric notwithstanding, I think we’re the best office in Pennsylvania,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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