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Ex-jury commissioner sentenced to ARD

May 19, 2014 News Extra

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A former Butler County jury commissioner accused of tainting the juror selection process this afternoon entered a pretrial intervention program.

Jon Galante, 28, of Butler Township accepted accelerated rehabilitative disposition, or ARD.

During 18 months under the supervision of county probation, Galante must perform 150 hours of community service.

This is an agreement with the state attorney general’s office. County Judge William Shaffer approved it this afternoon.

Upon completion of the program, Galante may request his criminal record be expunged.

Galante, who faced four misdemeanor counts of interfering with selection of jurors, declined to comment.

Christopher Capozzi, the Pittsburgh attorney representing Galante, said taking ARD enables his client to avoid a trial without a guilty plea.

Galante allegedly bypassed the random juror selection process to purposely send juror candidate questionnaires to three county officials and a county resident.

According to the affidavit, Galante admitted taking the action to prove the system could be tainted.

Two of the men receiving the questionnaires were county commissioners Bill McCarrier and Dale Pinkerton, who voted in May 2013 to cut the part-time jury commissioners posts.

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