Just after noon on the fifth floor of the Allegheny County Courthouse, there was only one item of business left in Judge John Zottola’s monthly Veterans Treatment Court.
What would Anthony West — a 54-year-old Army veteran in court for charges and probation violations related to substance abuse — be singing that day?
“God Bless America?” suggested a prosecutor. Or perhaps Luther Vandross, which the court had enjoyed in the past? Luther it was, as West started a soaring version of “Never Too Much.”
It was an ordinary day in Veterans Court, which is not, suffice to say, your ordinary courtroom.