(Harrisburg) -- Five of the eight men charged earlier this year in an investigation of corruption at the Pennsylvania Turnpike are due in court for a preliminary hearing expected to last five days.
The proceeding gets under way Monday in county court in Harrisburg.
A sixth defendant, former state Senate Democratic leader Bob Mellow, has waived his appearance in person but his lawyers will be there. Mellow is serving a federal prison sentence for an unrelated corruption conviction.
Court officials say the witness list contains more than 30 names.
Other defendants include former Turnpike Commission chairman Mitchell Rubin and former turnpike chief executive Joe Brimmeier.
A seventh defendant's hearing was continued and an eighth's was waived.
Prosecutors claim vendors provided gifts and campaign contributions to improve their odds of getting state contracts.
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