“Writ of Mandamus” Would Force Allegheny County DA to Prosecute Pittsburgh Mayor

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto

Pittsburgh, PA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun Owners of America (GOA) is supporting a “writ of mandamus” petition against Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to force him to accept private criminal complaints against Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and the City Council for violating the firearms preemption law.

Pennsylvania Director for GOA, Dr. Val Finnell, stated the following regarding this latest action:

“DA Zappala refused to accept private criminal complaints from several City of Pittsburgh residents who are rightly alleging criminal conduct on behalf of Mayor Peduto and six city council members for violating PA Code Title 18 §6120, the firearms preemption law. In refusing to accept the complaints, DA Zappala violated procedure cited in 234 Pa. Code Rule 506.

“The Mayor and City Council are also cited for ‘official oppression’ within the petition, a charge that is a misdemeanor of the second degree (Title 18 §5301).

“These residents are sick and tired of politicians who willfully disregard the Constitution of the Commonwealth and state law. DA Zappala failed to provide justice for these residents and has allowed criminal conduct on behalf of the Mayor and City Council to go unchecked. The ‘writ of mandamus’ petition will compel DA Zappala to accept and process the complaints.”

The plaintiffs are represented by Lane Turturice, Esq. Mr. Turturice can be reached at 724-470-9640 for media interviews.

Plaintiffs in the case are also available for comment. Dr. Val Finnell, or another GOA spokesperson, is available for interviews.


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    Rock
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    Peduto is your typical Democrat politician looking for votes… Thugs and hoodrats will ALWAYS vote for the P.O.S. that allows and advocates for their life style. Look at ANY Democratic run/owned/operated SHIT HOLE city or state, the laws and regulations are set to help the murderers, drug dealers, prostitutes, illegals……….. NOT the law abiding citizen.

    MICHAEL J
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    MICHAEL J

    Typically a district attorney is in lockstep with who’s ever in charge because politicians and bureaucrats need them in their pocket just in case.
    Make no mistake, a district attorney’s job is hold government accountable to the people not the other way around.
    Without this oversight the government can literally do anything they want, that is until they’re caught.
    A district attorney who ignores the people is proof that collusion has taken place and that government in accountable to no one.

    Ryben Flynn
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    Ryben Flynn

    Sounds like violation of Federal Law Also.
    18 U.S. Code § 241 – Conspiracy against rights
    18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    Why isn’t the state Atty Gen prosecuting this case?

    notmyrealname
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    notmyrealname

    Because the state Atty Gen agrees with the Pittsburgh mayor and City Council on this issue.

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    The Mayor and City Council knew full well what they were doing was illegal but they chose to continue on knowing that they would have free representation from city legal staff. I support the commenter below who suggests that they be hauled in and charged. Let them see how it feels to be on the wrong side of the law.

    Bill
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    Bill

    This will cause a constitutional conflict and a conflict of interest. Most states allow or require and higher authority to take over a defense or prosecution when the local DA can’t or won’t or is perceived as in a conflict. This will be an interesting awe to follow! Please keep us posted!

    MrConehead
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    MrConehead

    All of the Democrat 2020 Presidential Candidates: ” We can solve America’s Gun Violence Problems,… except in Chicago,.. and Detroit,.. and Los Angeles,.. and Ferguson,.. and Baltimore,.. and St. Louis,.. and Oakland,.. and Memphis,.. and Birmingham,.. and Atlanta,.. and Stockton,.. and Cleveland,.. and Buffalo,.. and Little Rock,.. and New Orleans,.. and Pittsburgh,.. and Cincinnati,… and Philadelphia,.. and anywhere else we’re in Charge of inner city ghettos. ” ……. I guess their ‘plan’ is a secret recipe only to be implemented via The White House. The DNC controlled Media will NEVER ask why these cities suffer,… and continue to suffer, if… Read more »

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    When has a democrat, or any elected professional politician for that matter, actually worked towards resolution of a problem that they (as a class) have caused?

    mikeL
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    mikeL

    @ H, since I can remember, they haven’t. Their porous minds feed off of the problems to create more n bigger problems. Look, I’m not as much up on law as it looks like some of you here. If this is the case, then the socialist state of californicate has been guilty of this for a decade.

    Will
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    Will

    GOA is still at it. Doing what the nra never could or would.

    Felixd
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    Felixd

    While in court seeking the writ why not also petition the court for an arrest warrant for the mayor et al? Name them as the offenders of a crime. How about reporting the crimes of the mayor to the police? It sounds silly, but it puts the police in an awkward position. The police will decide if a crime has been committed and have to explain their actions whatever they decide to do. Later civil action may be available to the complaints depending on what they do or not do. If nothing else everyone, including the media, will know just… Read more »

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    There is also (state laws differ) the option of a citizen’s arrest.

    Core
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    Core

    Article VI within the US Constitution says those in government not in good standing with the articles and rights within shall be defunded, disbarred, and discharged from office at ALL levels of government!

    StreetSweeper
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    StreetSweeper

    Well there’s some action! Ok, I’ll join GOA.

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    GOA FPC SAF and or your state organizations are a good step.

    StreetSweeper
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    StreetSweeper

    I left the NRA decades ago, I got sick of the junk mail.

    Will
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    Will

    @GMB,in Texas,we have the Texas State Rifle Association. The problem is they are just an affiliate of the NRA. They back all the bullshit LaPierre does and defend him for his treason and crimes. I left them too. They have even started giving most of their own membership/donation money to the NRA,because the NRA is going down fast financially. I’m all in with GOA because of the great job they are doing,esp.now. (Plus GOA membership has exploded) I would rather give them $1000.00 than split it four ways with others that I know nothing really about. More bang for your… Read more »

    Will
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    Will

    Great choice !