Federal prosecutors trying former Allegheny County Coroner Dr. Cyril H. Wecht contend that he has engaged in a "practice of threatening potential witnesses," and in a recent court filing they cited two letters he wrote to a potential witness against him in which he quotes a poem about the extermination of Jews.
Dr. Wecht's defense lawyers characterized the letters as part of a long-running exchange between the two men and called the government's allegations a "pathetic attempt to smear" their client.
The letters between the two men started in 2004 after Dr. Wecht had a letter to the editor published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, claiming that Yasser Arafat died from AIDS.
After Mr. Schiller wrote a letter to the editor in response, Dr. Wecht sent a personal letter to his home.
And from them on they were pen pals sort of.....