PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As police tracked down the man they believe killed Uber driver Christi Spicuzza, police say they were detained by a district judge.
Law enforcement said Mik Pappas ignored their request for an arrest warrant and left it to the next judge to handle. KDKA-TV’s Andy Sheehan learned that investigators were looking into more cases.
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The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has opened its own investigation into the actions of the district attorney, who has been reviewed by court authorities.
Earlier this week, KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan said Pappas failed to act on a request to sign a warrant for the arrest of murder suspect Calvin Crew, who is accused of Spicuzza’s murder. Last week, undercover detectives – ready to arrest Crew – had to wait hours for the next judge to sign the order.
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Court administrator and Chairman Judge Kim Berkeley Clark is currently reviewing Pappas’ failure to comply with this order and another signature request last week. But Pappas has also caused controversy in other decisions involving his refusal to put bail and his refusal to evict tenants for not paying rent.
And on Friday, in a statement, the district attorney’s office confirmed that it was looking into “additional matters” related to Pappas.
“This individual is employed by the courts and the courts have a permanent obligation to review complaints regarding the way a judge has performed his or her official duties. That said, our office is looking into additional matters regarding this individual,” the statement said.
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Pappas declined a request for comment, but he took to Twitter this week to say he will always act on “time-sensitive” killing orders.
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