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Tag: Cyril Wecht

Pathology Report Raises More Questions About FBI Fatal Shooting of a Detroit Imam

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversy over the FBI’s fatal shooting of a Detroit imam last October may not go away any time soon.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a noted pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who did a pathology report at the request of the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR),  has raised many questions, but did not conclude whether the shooting was justified.

For one, Wecht found the Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was shot twice in the back, not once as the Wayne County Medical Examiner reported, the Free Press wrote. The FBI shot the imam 21 times after he shot and killed an FBI dog during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse where the imam was suspected of being involved in a stolen goods ring.

The pathologist also found that the imam had bites and claw marks from the FBI dog and that the dog fractured his jaw.

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Defense Attys and Sen. Specter Attack Pitts. U.S. Atty. Buchanan

Conservative Holdover- Pittsburgh U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan
Bush Holdover- Pittsburgh U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

It’s hard to imagine that Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan will stay on as the top prosecutor under the Obama administration. So far, she’s still there. But how long can she last?

By The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH – Defense lawyers and a U.S. senator are criticizing comments made by Pittsburgh’s U.S. attorney last month as her office dismissed fraud and theft charges against a noted pathologist.

Lawyers for former Allegheny County medical examiner Cyril Wecht are calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to formally rebuke U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, saying she “vindictively … expressed the view that Dr. Wecht was a criminal and was guilty of the charges made against him.”

“We trust you will agree such statements by a United States prosecutor are completely improper, violate all notions of prosecutorial ethics and decency, and warrant remedial action by the Department of Justice,” former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh wrote in a June 16 letter to Holder.

Prosecutors originally indicted Wecht on 84 counts in January 2006, but the case was whittled down before a trial that ended in a hung jury. The charges were then trimmed again until 14 counts remained, but the government’s case was undermined when a judge threw out two search warrants.

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