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Habay faces two felony charges - PittsburghLIVE.com
"The nature of the people bringing the charges speaks for itself," Habay said after the hearing, referring to George and Rebecca Radich, of Shaler, who testified against him before the Ethics Commission.
...Rebecca Radich once worked in Habay's office.
Ex-employees testify about fund raising for Rep. Habay
But yesterday's often contentious session halted at one point when one witness, former Habay aide Rebecca Radich, was moved to tears under cross examination by defense co-counsel John Elash.
"That's quite different," Mrs. Radich
The questioning ended when Mrs. Radich
was unaware of various complaints her
husband, George, had brought about Mr. Habay after she
was fired, because "I was dealing with a mother who was dying."
Mr. Elash asked Mrs. Radich
how her mother was now doing.
died," Mrs. Radich
replied, then broke down.Judge Manning ordered a break and Mrs. Radich
did not return to the stand.
Habay fined for using state workers to campaign - PittsburghLIVE.com
Rebecca Radich, who worked in Habay's district office from 1997 to 2000, told investigators the political activities "always went on.
Both sides fail to settle Habay audit case
Rebecca Radich had worked as a secretary in Habay's office since 1996.
The ruling will help to settle whether Radich
and the other petitioners are true vanguards of the public interest, a cabal with an axe to grind, or perhaps a bit of both.
As was the case July 19, when the hearing began, Radich
and co-petitioner Janet Martin often had trouble phrasing their questions and were patiently guided by the judge as they rephrased them.
Simpson granted the petitioners extraordinary leeway as they fumbled their way through documents and courtroom procedures, at one time allowing Radich
, who had taken the stand, essentially to question himself.
...The hearing also took the form of an old-fashioned mud-slinging contest -- at one point, Radich accused Habay of putting a dead snake in his driveway, as well as poisoning his private pond.
Sheridan suggested that Radich
had recently been charged in a road-rage incident and accused Radich
of being the ghost author of a series of newsletters that anonymously made fun of Habay