UPDATED: Because I have now been schooled on the fact that judges and juries ARE technically fact-finders.
Guess what Tony Norman didn’t write?
Stephen Zappala’s name.
What the frickity hell, PG? Are you guys THAT afraid of the man?
There are only TWO places on the internet I can find that mention Stephen Zappala’s name alongside Mr. Leffler’s since he was vindicated and those two places are this blog and the Trib, who finally did today.
So I guess I need to take care of it for the rest of the internet: Stephen Zappala. Stephen Zappala. Steve Zappala. Steve-o. Steverino. Stephen Zappala ruined Anthony James Leffler’s reputation and has yet to apologize. The only statement coming from his office is this one:
“The office believed that the videotape showed evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had engaged in endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. We also believed that there was sufficient behavior on the videotape that made it prudent to take all the charges to a fact-finder,” Manko said.
Isn’t the DA supposed to be the freaking fact-finder? Judges and juries don’t find facts, they make judgments based on already-found facts. The DA is the one that should have been hunting down the facts. And I have a surefire way for them to find the facts next time.
Watch the damn tape.
And for good measure, so Google finds it … STEPHEN ZAPPALA ANTHONY JAMES LEFFLER.
I am SO on the list now. Meh.