District attorney’s office helps veterans court program

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The Allegheny County district attorney’s office on Wednesday donated 10 copies of a law book aimed at defending veterans against criminal charges to students at Duquesne University’s Veterans Clinic.

Students there represent veterans facing criminal charges in Allegheny County in a specialized courts program now entering its third year.

The court, run by Common Pleas Judge John Zottola, was the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and possibly the country, in allowing veterans to go through a court process specifically tailored to their needs.

The books were bought with drug forfeiture funds and cost $175 each.

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