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Checking Charges Before They're Filed

    Douglas Bedell
    By Douglas Bedell

    Categories: law enforcement, legal

    In Pennsylvania, Allegheny County (Pittsburgh area) District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is having prosecutors approve all felony charges before they're filed. "Police officers file charges against people all the time.",  a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial notes, "The practice can become rote, and there may be a tendency to inflate the seriousness of an offender's conduct on paper, if only to cover the bases and make sure something sticks." Clearly, when that happens, it isn't fair. – Felonies