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Judge postpones McCullough theft case again

| Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

An Allegheny County judge agreed today to again postpone the theft trial for former county Councilman Chuck McCullough.

The trial had been scheduled to start in September. Jury selection is now scheduled to begin Nov. 7 and opening statements are scheduled to begin two days later.

McCullough's attorney, Patrick Thomassey, requested the postponement after recently receiving new evidence in the case from the prosecution, a report dealing with tax aspects of the case. Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen signed off on the postponement request.

McCullough, 56, of Upper St. Clair, is accused of bilking $200,000 from an elderly client. He lost in the Republican primary in the race for county executive against D. Raja, 45, of Mt. Lebanon. McCullough resigned his council seat in March to run for county executive.

The case has been continued six times, court records show. McCullough faces two dozen charges, including felony theft charges. His sister, Kathleen McCullough, 48, also is charged in the case. She is serving a two- to four-year prison sentence for embezzling more than $1 million from two former employers in a separate case.

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