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Allegheny County DA outlines handling of bias in plea deal assertions

The new memo says when a lawyer or defendant claims plea talks have treated them differently because of “protected status,” the prosecutor has to look into it and report what has occurred to their higher-ups.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Allegheny County DA defends ending deals with lawyer who called office racist

Stephen Zappala Jr. said his policy was meant to ensure consistent, evidence-based decisions “and avoid false claims of racism” against his office and its lawyers.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Allegheny County DA faces outrage after report he lashed out at lawyer who called his office ‘systematically racist’

Local Democrats said Stephen Zappala, also a Democrat, should resign and face ethics sanctions after the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on an email he sent to his staff last month targeting lawyer Milton Raiford.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

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Refiled charges against protesters touches off dispute between Pittsburgh mayor and district attorney

Charges against two dozen protesters from last summer’s demonstrations against police brutality are being refiled.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

Zappala holds off Middleman in Allegheny County District Attorney race

Stephen Zappala appeared on both the Democrat and Republican tickets Tuesday. His vote totals were boosted by straight-party votes cast by voters in both parties.

By An-Li Herring/WESA