A McKeesport councilman had a preliminary hearing Monday morning and, though felony charges were dropped, he will go to trial after a June 13 incident.
Police said McKeesport City Councilman Paul Shelly went into a dry cleaning shop on Walnut Avenue, where he became upset when he was told he could not put a campaign sign up in the shop’s window.
Police said Shelly threatened the shop owner with a gun. However, when police later stopped Shelly while he was driving and arrested him, they found no gun in his car.
What it looks like then is the owner of the shop lied about Shelly's having had a gun and the councilman's political enemies used it, first of all, to lock him up like a common criminal and secondly, to try to ruin his mayoral aspirations.
What's your opinion? Was this a miscarriage of justice from the very beginning since the police found no gun on his person or in his car? Shouldn't the false accusation have been recognized for what it was?
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