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Friends of Dr. Wecht

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

I have been following the Trib's coverage of the trial of Cyril Wecht, especially the article "Former coroner's private practice 'as busy as ever'" (Feb. 10 and PghTrib.com).

In the fall of 2006, we invited Dr. Wecht to speak at Westmoreland County Community College on his career as a forensic pathologist and on some of his best-known cases. Our theater can hold 500 people, but we easily could have had 1,500 people.

The Trib's article quoted his $3,000 honorarium for speaking engagements. Our payment to him was less than that and Wecht gave a wonderful presentation. He answered questions after the presentation and stayed to talk to audience members until nearly 11 p.m.

This past fall, Wecht returned to the college to speak about the JonBenet Ramsey and JFK cases. Once again we had a full audience. Wecht spoke for nearly two hours without taking a break.

The experiences we had with Wecht were positive. Your newspaper is presenting the facts of the case, but on the other hand, Wecht also reaches out to the community and doesn't seem to be focused only on money.

As your article says, "He is as busy as ever." He must be doing something right.

Michael Hricik

Youngwood

The writer is a professor of English at WCCC.

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