Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh has begun an investigation into sources for the Beaver Countian, with President Judge John D. McBride being asked by prosecutors to help further their stunning assault against the First Amendment.
Several criminal defense attorneys were questioned by members of the District Attorney’s Office and by President Judge John D. McBride today, after the Beaver Countian asked District Attorney Berosh several questions related to an upcoming trial for Joseph Arlott and Beau Chermer, two men accused of capital murder in the death of Daniel Santia of Hopewell Township. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against both men in the case.
The Beaver Countian had obtained information about the results of a report issued by famed forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who was hired by the Beaver County Public Defender’s Office to issue a finding as to the cause of Daniel Santia’s death. Multiple sources have independently confirmed Dr. Wecht’s findings to the Beaver Countian.
District Attorney Anthony Berosh and First Assistant Ahmed Aziz were both unaware of Wecht’s conclusions before the Beaver Countian began asking for a reaction to the report — although Assistant District Attorney Brittany Smith told the Beaver Countian that she and prosecutor Frank Martocci were notified about its findings approximately one week ago.
This publication first became aware of Dr. Wecht’s involvement in the case from family of the late Daniel Santia.
A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Monday at 1:30pm before President Judge John D. McBride in furtherance of the District Attorney’s efforts in trying to expose potential sources.
The Beaver Countian has not yet been subpoenaed to appear before the court, and will continue to protect the identities of all of its confidential sources.