In District Attorney John Peck, Westmoreland County's top prosecutor since December 1994, residents have a champion for justice whose case for re-election couldn't be more clear.
Among some of Westmoreland's more recent high-profile cases, Mr. Peck, 66, a Democrat of New Kensington, has successfully prosecuted three defendants in the horrific torture and murder of Jennifer Daugherty in Greensburg. Two of them, Ricky Smyrnes and Melvin Knight, have been condemned to death.
He also obtained a conviction and death sentence for Kevin Murphy in the shooting deaths of his mother, sister and aunt. And last month, he successfully prosecuted Eric Hall for the murder of a Washington Township couple.
For the past two decades, in fact, Peck, has prosecuted virtually all the county's top cases.
His challenger, Republican Peter Borghetti, 55, of Murrysville, an attorney with a Pittsburgh law firm, says Westmoreland County needs new leadership in the DA's office “to protect our constitutional rights.” The incumbent already has done so and, through his hard work, has consistently secured justice for the people he represents.
Case closed. On Nov. 5, re-elect John Peck.
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