The cartoon would have some set of county apparachiki sitting around a fire, slowly roasting a Vodou doll effigy of Judge Wettick pondering new and ever creative ways to torture him. I guess it all is an improvement from days past when the Judge had to issue formal orders just to have the county officials show up in court. Or even worse I suppose, the days when the assessor was told not to even read the Judge's edicts by unnamed superiors.
I still miss Ed Schoenenberger. Since I can find Bernardo Katz a lot easier than I can find Ed these days, I am beginning to wonder if he even was real.
Anyway.. since his honor is a pretty smart hardworking fellow by most accounts, I suspect he has a plan for the end game here. The judge's standing in the legal world is about the only thing the Trib and PG agree on completely. Will be interesting to watch the final countdown here. For the judge who has never been overturned on appeal, he has to date been thwarted in getting the county to comply with his rulings. Has the judge finally met his match?
The biggest irony in all of this: If you assume there will be an assessment in the end, the scorched earth strategy of the county intended to delay at any cost will only result in much higher assessed values for most property owners. Allegheny County is one of a very few places in the country that has seen steady real estate price appreciation in recent years. If the assessment had gone off years ago as the Judge would have liked, there is little doubt the average real estate values would have been lower than they will come out now.