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December 23, 2013

Judge dismisses Santillo request



Toward the restitution, the couple’s assets — valued at $204,565, including their house at 404 W. Clayton St., three cars and bank accounts — were ordered to be forfeited.
While in prison, Santillo filed post-conviction relief petitions maintaining he had had ineffective legal counsel.
In court documents, he stated he had not understood when entering his guilty plea that he would be going to jail and has asked for a new trial.
Attending yesterday’s hearing were Gregory J. Simatic, a deputy attorney general from Pittsburgh, and attorneys David S. Shrager and Stanton D. Levenson, also both of Pittsburgh. Both had represented Santillo — Shrager from April 2009 until August 2010, and Levenson from August 2010 until June 2011.
Both were present to dispute Santillo’s claim they had provided ineffective counsel.
Santillo, who represented himself in the post-conviction filings, had been represented by court-appointed attorney Linda Crable from July 2011 through August 2012.

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