Same

Pittsburgh, PA

#184 Jan 17, 2013
All in the Family wrote:
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Why? Because he worked on the clock and on taxpayer's funds to advance the political agenda of Mr. Brewster, Mr. Cherepko and other MDC endorsed candidates.
He also is friends with councilmen and has done free legal work for elected officials and other city employees. This is the situation that got Veon, DeWeese and Orie in jail! Where are you AG Linda Kelly?
Why did Keith Soles orignally want to dismiss him and now they are tight friends??????????
Rumors?
port nsider

United States

#185 Jan 17, 2013
I am a city employee... and Mr Elash was well within his right to campaign for anyone he wished. He was NOT a salaried or Hourly employee of the city. HE was a 1099 sub contracted employee who had the ability to peform his duties to us on any time schedule he chose. He is still not accountable to the city for punching the clock. He has the flexiblity to do any work he wants during any day he chooses. He submits billable hours to the city and is accountable for his duties, not when he does them. His issue would only be if he was billing the city for hours he was working on a campaign, which did not happen. Get over your hate for this guy. He is doing a great job and The Mayor is very pleased with him. Plus, to equate this to the scandals of the State Government are way diffferent. Those regulations do not apply to McKeesport, only to those serving ina state government capacity. To clear this up for you.. Mr Elash would have had to be on the direct payroll of Senator Brewster and working for him on the clock while and then use state resources and time to run his campaign. That is what happened to Veon and his cronies. Not McKeesport.. 2 totally different situations. There are no laws to prevent a private contractor from doing anything he wants.
Dots

Pittsburgh, PA

#186 Jan 17, 2013
SWE BV wrote:
Not all accidents thoroughly investigated by police
On behalf of Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C. posted in Car Accidents on Monday, February 6, 2012
http://www.pennpersonalinjuryattorneys.com/20...
The original investigation by police of a Pennsylvania car accident involving a solicitor representing a local city council is being scrutinized. The reason for the scrutiny is because the police may not actually have thoroughly investigated whether impairment was a factor in the cause of the crash.
The city's chief-of-police has reported that the solicitor had just attended a celebration in honor of the city's mayor. The solicitor was then driving home at 1:30 in the morning when he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed into a building that was about 100 feet away from the road. The driver was bleeding from the head and was flown to a nearby hospital where he remained for at least another day.
The police chief stated that patches of ice on the road may have been a factor in this accident. He also claimed that investigation of this matter was still in progress.
What the police chief failed to say was whether any sobriety tests, toxicology screens or blood tests were conducted. If there was no administration of such tests, it's difficult to believe that any charges that the driver was impaired at the time of the accident could survive short of the solicitor admitting on the stand that he was under the influence of some substance when the accident occurred.
Fortunately, no other individual was injured in this accident. However, this circumstance does demonstrate that local authorities cannot always be depended upon in order to make a determination as to how an accident actually occurred. What if another individual is injured and no determinations are made by investigating officers as to whether the other driver was actually at fault for the accident? Sometimes only individual representation from an attorney or law firm can provide the additional resources needed so that an investigation of how the accident occurred was thoroughly conducted.
Finding someone criminally liable is one matter. Determining the cause of an accident is another.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "McKeesport officials to discuss solicitor crash investigation," by Moriah Balingit, Jan. 31, 2012
Tags: car accident, drunken driving accidents, police investigations
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12031/1207207-...
Subject
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Who's next?
http://m.fbi.gov/#http://www.fbi.gov/pittsbur...
Victory at Last

Mckeesport, PA

#187 Mar 2, 2013
We wish out esteemed solicitor the best outcome at his non-jury trial on Monday if it is not postponed, again and again.

He will come out fine. The MADD ladies are boycotting this one because they believe it is a slam dunk exoneration.
crooked cops

United States

#188 Mar 2, 2013
The narcotic unit was behind this they paid cheap hookers to get him drunk then followed him courtesy of Mark steele and kidney
Dots Are Unconnected

Mckeesport, PA

#189 Mar 3, 2013
crooked cops wrote:
The narcotic unit was behind this they paid cheap hookers to get him drunk then followed him courtesy of Mark steele and kidney
Wrong - the officer is good friends and supports the former Cornell School teacher. He would never do such to his former school teacher friend and the teacher's 24/7 political worker aka the barrister.
Not goin 2 b fooled

United States

#190 Mar 3, 2013
U consider him as his friend. U ever hear keep ya enemies close and ya friends closer. Everyone knows they backstabb their true friends.
Youse Said It

Mckeesport, PA

#191 Mar 3, 2013
Not goin 2 b fooled wrote:
U consider him as his friend. U ever hear keep ya enemies close and ya friends closer. Everyone knows they backstabb their true friends.
Understand - the Beatle and MACM Superintendent were the former school teacher's friends. And then the back penetration with a sharp and flatened object?
Not goin 2 b fooled

United States

#192 Mar 3, 2013
? Quit protectn crooked ppl that's the bottom line. Just because they help u out.So make some sense y don't u
Youse Said It

Mckeesport, PA

#193 Mar 3, 2013
Not goin 2 b fooled wrote:
? Quit protectn crooked ppl that's the bottom line. Just because they help u out.So make some sense y don't u
You speak in parable phrases too cryptic and truncated for logical comprehension.
Not goin 2 b fooled

United States

#194 Mar 3, 2013
Don't change the subject. A crooked cop is not2 received immunity in any way shape or form.
Youse Said It

Mckeesport, PA

#195 Mar 4, 2013
Not goin 2 b fooled wrote:
Don't change the subject. A crooked cop is not2 received immunity in any way shape or form.
No one or anyone is dirty until proven guilty. If you know something and have indisputable evidence then contact the authorites at Carson Street or the US Attorney's office (hotline)! Otherwise do accuse and try anyone on Topix which is not a courtroom.

Rumor has it that some 75 gaming locations with 400 machine were raided, yet no indictments up to this time. There was even was a postage size stamp picture of the raid in the Daily News. At least four former or elected officials hosted the machines. They are walking the streets free and most are back in business as ususal with replacement machines.

Can anyone explain the above?
Shady dealings

West Mifflin, PA

#196 Mar 4, 2013
McKeesport solicitor J. Jason Elash pleaded guilty today ( March 4 , 2013 ) to charges stemming from a January 2012 car crash.

Mr. Elash, 41, was charged with driving under the influence and speeding after he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a McKeesport building after attending Mayor Mike Cherepko's inaugural ball at the McKeesport Palisades.

Mr. Elash pleaded guilty this morning before Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski. Mr. Elash's attorney, Anthony DeLuca, said the charge was reduced to a lesser degree of DUI, allowing a lower mandatory punishment of 30 days of incarceration, a $750 fine and a one-year driver's license suspension.

Mr. Elash and Mr. DeLuca declined to comment on whether the plea would affect Mr. Elash's employment as McKeesport's solicitor.

Council President Darryl Segina said he asked Mr. Cherepko to fire Mr. Elash after he was charged, but the mayor refused.

"I think he should resign, or the mayor should fire him," Mr. Segina said today.

Mr. Cherepko could not be reached immediately.

According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Elash drove through a wooden fence and into a building about 100 feet off Long Run Road about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 22, 2012. A McKeesport police officer arrived on the scene to find Mr. Elash being treated by medics. As the officer questioned him, he said, he could smell alcohol on Mr. Elash and overheard him tell medics that he had been drinking.

Mr. Elash was taken to UPMC Mercy, and police later obtained a warrant to obtain blood that was drawn from Mr. Elash at the hospital. Tests showed his blood alcohol content was 0.196, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Elash is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Borkowski on May 22. Mr. DeLuca said he expects Mr. Elash's license will be suspended for a year and said he will request monitored house arrest in lieu of jail time.

If the Mayor doesnt fire this guy, let council fire the mayor.......
Solicitor Should Resign

Mckeesport, PA

#197 Mar 4, 2013
Unfortunately our inexperienced mayor inherited this problem person although he knew about his reputation as a lawyer and as a notorious scofflaw. The mayor socializes with him and he is the mayor’s confidant and advisor.

The person that should be blamed for such a poor choice for the director of the legal department is former mayor Senator Brewster. He should have picked up on and corrected his scofflaw behaviors and wayward tendencies after he hired him in 2004. He let him get away with it year after year.

The mayor abhors any incidents, comments, or questions that might be perceived as negative to the City. The fact that these items may proclaim the truth is irrelevant.

The barrister should resign rather than bring continuing shame, disrespect, and negativity to the City and Council. But, as usual the mayor has the four council cohorts’ votes in his pocket.

May be the PA Lawyers’ Disciplinary Board may take this to the next level and help the mayor solve his problem confidant?
John Q

United States

#198 Mar 5, 2013
Shady dealings wrote:
McKeesport solicitor J. Jason Elash pleaded guilty today ( March 4 , 2013 ) to charges stemming from a January 2012 car crash.
Mr. Elash, 41, was charged with driving under the influence and speeding after he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a McKeesport building after attending Mayor Mike Cherepko's inaugural ball at the McKeesport Palisades.
Mr. Elash pleaded guilty this morning before Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski. Mr. Elash's attorney, Anthony DeLuca, said the charge was reduced to a lesser degree of DUI, allowing a lower mandatory punishment of 30 days of incarceration, a $750 fine and a one-year driver's license suspension.
Mr. Elash and Mr. DeLuca declined to comment on whether the plea would affect Mr. Elash's employment as McKeesport's solicitor.
Council President Darryl Segina said he asked Mr. Cherepko to fire Mr. Elash after he was charged, but the mayor refused.
"I think he should resign, or the mayor should fire him," Mr. Segina said today.
Mr. Cherepko could not be reached immediately.
According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Elash drove through a wooden fence and into a building about 100 feet off Long Run Road about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 22, 2012. A McKeesport police officer arrived on the scene to find Mr. Elash being treated by medics. As the officer questioned him, he said, he could smell alcohol on Mr. Elash and overheard him tell medics that he had been drinking.
Mr. Elash was taken to UPMC Mercy, and police later obtained a warrant to obtain blood that was drawn from Mr. Elash at the hospital. Tests showed his blood alcohol content was 0.196, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Elash is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Borkowski on May 22. Mr. DeLuca said he expects Mr. Elash's license will be suspended for a year and said he will request monitored house arrest in lieu of jail time.
If the Mayor doesnt fire this guy, let council fire the mayor.......
Well... I called this shot a year ago... No Jail time.. reduced charges... minimal fine... suspended lisence. So much for not being able to plead down a DUI of .196!! Damn.. I am right again!!! Grat work Mr. Elash... now you can finally put this behind you and continue doing what you do to be the BEST representatice the Port has EVER had!!!
Jurisprudence 101

Mckeesport, PA

#199 Mar 5, 2013
John Q wrote:
<quoted text>
Well... I called this shot a year ago... No Jail time.. reduced charges... minimal fine... suspended lisence. So much for not being able to plead down a DUI of .196!! Damn.. I am right again!!! Grat work Mr. Elash... now you can finally put this behind you and continue doing what you do to be the BEST representatice the Port has EVER had!!!
You are a little ahead of reality. At this time he is committed to 30 days in the cage. Yes, the judge could change the 30 days in the cage to 30 days house arrest on May 22.

The judge will harm the barrister’s long and steep trajectory to rehabilitation that includes rebuilding creditability and the City’s important RESPECT by imposing house arrest. He needs a good head slap to neutralize his superior demeaner.

He is a serious Albatross around the political necks of Senator Brewster and Mayor Cherepko. Do not be surprised if these folks throw him under the bus like the Mr. Pittman and Mr. Rost.

Street rumors persist that the inexperienced mayor might throw the CD director under the bus because he has a friend in mind for the job. Some say he is looking at an “assistant” for the beleaguered barrister whose initials may be young RJ. The barrister will need a driver for 12 months unless the judge/state grants him a driving exemption during his license suspension.

In spite of what was reported in the new media, I believe that the barrister may have some difficulty convincing the PA Supreme Court Disciplinary Board that he is an alter boy disguised as a convicted 2X DUI scofflaw barrister.

Never-the-less we pray and hope the barrister gets on and stays on the trajectory that restores legal department RESPECT and he is legal to pracitice law.
John Q

United States

#200 Mar 6, 2013
This was worked out a long time ago. No jail time.. reduced charges... suspended lisence... work exemtion for his lisence... so he will just need someone else to drive to his kids sports functions. No discipline is forth coing to effect his ability to represent the city in legal matters. If he was to bring on an assistant.. it would be Miller's kid once he passes the Bar. He is working in the Reed - Smith chop shop right now.
theportshouldkno

United States

#201 Mar 6, 2013
But Mark steele lets ppl with dui's,murder,no licence,sus licences,drug convictions and everything else drive freely for being a snitch and they still committ crimes how fair is that?
Excellent Report Togyer

Mckeesport, PA

#202 Mar 6, 2013
The follwing was reported by the Tube City Almanac, Mr. Jason Toger. The Daily News should hire him immediately.

March 05, 2013


Sentencing Slated May 22 in Attorney's DUI Crash


Category: News By Jason Togyer

Sentencing is set for May 22 in connection with a car accident involving city Solicitor J. Jason Elash.

According to court officials, Elash, 41, of Christy Park pleaded guilty Monday before Allegheny County Judge Edward Borkowski to three related counts of driving under the influence, including driving with a blood-alcohol content level between 0.10 and 0.16, and to one count of driving at an unsafe speed.

The crash happened on Route 48 early on the morning of Jan. 22, 2012.

With the plea, Elash faces the possibility of state disciplinary action ranging from a private reprimand to a suspension of his law license.

Under state law, attorneys convicted of a crime must report their convictions to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania within 20 days. The board then decides if and how to punish the attorney.

A spokeswoman for the Disciplinary Board said Tuesday that pleading guilty is considered the same as a conviction, and that driving under the influence is among the crimes subject to disciplinary action.


In Pennsylvania, penalties for being convicted for driving with a BAC between 0.10 and 0.16 include a minimum sentence of 48 hours in jail, a fine ranging from $500 to $5,000, and a 12-month driver's license suspension.

Since 2003, drivers with a BAC of 0.08 or greater have been considered impaired under state law.

Court documents filed in connection with the case indicated that Elash had a previous drunken-driving conviction. In the case of second offenses, more stringent sentencing guidelines apply, and would ratchet up the minimum penalties to 30 days in jail and a $750 to $5,000 fine, along with the driver's license suspension.

City police said Elash was driving south on Route 48 --- not far from the entrance of Olympia Shopping Center --- on Jan. 22, 2012, when his 2004 Cadillac SUV left the road and collided with an office building at 716 Long Run Road. Elash was the only person in the vehicle and was hospitalized for injuries after the crash, police said.

Published reports indicated that the crash occurred hours after Elash had attended a party at the Palisades ballroom. Elash served as the city's attorney from 2004 to 2010, then was re-appointed in January 2012.


According to state records, Elash began practicing law in April 1999.

The Disciplinary Board spokeswoman said that punishment can range from a private, informal admonition or a reprimand, all the way to disbarment or revocation of an attorney's license to practice. Depending on the type of disciplinary action imposed, the punishment may or may not be made public, she said.

Cases are considered on an individual basis and there is no pre-determined punishment for a DUI conviction, the spokeswoman said.

Following a hearing, it is up to the Disciplinary Board to decide what level of punishment to impose, and attorneys are allowed to present evidence in their own defense, she said.
Those Crazy Posters

Pittsburgh, PA

#203 Mar 6, 2013
Remember when Shadango and Sluggo ended free speech as we know it on Tube City Online. Way to go, guys.....NOT!!!! FACT!!!!

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