Judge Weighs In After Verdict In Adams’ Stabbing Case
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After all that’s been said about the handling of the stabbing case involving Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineman Mike Adams, presiding Judge Anthony Mariani had the last word, for this week at least.
He had a lot to say about how long it takes for the jail to respond to an acquittal, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s criticism of the case and bail for one of the defendants.
It took a full 24 hours before Michael Paranay, who was acquitted of all charges, was released from jail.
Judge Mariani said at a hearing Friday that that was unacceptable, and that in the future he would release inmates from his courtroom if it’s going to take jail processing that long to release an inmate who had been in jail for 11 months.
The judge also addressed Thursday’s remarks from District Attorney Steve Zappala about the trial itself.
“There’s a number of things that bother me,” said Zappala. “Some things that were said in the closings that were not supported by evidence, a last-minute witness that we have some issues with and we’re developing that right now,” he said.
The judge pointed out that the assistant district attorney who tried the case did not object to defense closing arguments.
Also, according to the judge, defense witness Shariea Cox was referred to in defense court filings as far back as April 21, which should not have been a surprise to the prosecution.
The judge asked all sides to turn down the rhetoric since defendants like Dquay Means, for example, have yet to be sentenced for his conviction on escape charges. Means was granted monitoring with work privileges while he awaits sentencing.
Means could face a standard range sentence of 15 to 21 months for the escape conviction. He, like the other defendants, has already served 11 months in jail.
Means is scheduled to be sentenced in July.