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Turnpike scandal testimony expected to continue all week

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 24, 2013 2:21 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The first day of testimony in the criminal case alleging corruption in Pennsylvania Turnpike business is over after a single witness took the stand.

Court adjourned early this afternoon after the presiding judge allowed prosecutors to provide him with written transcripts of grand jury testimony, rather than having it read into the record.

The first witness was Tony Lepore, chief of staff in the Senate Democratic caucus. He described the involvement of caucus leaders in hiring and contracting decisions at the turnpike.

The preliminary hearing for former Senate Democratic floor leader Bob Mellow, three former turnpike officials and two former turnpike contractors is expected to last all week.

Judge William Wenner has to decide if there's enough evidence to send the cases to county court for trial.

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