Judge weighs case against Turnpike defendants

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 16, 2013 12:10 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A judge is considering whether prosecutors have presented enough evidence to send a case alleging corruption in Pennsylvania Turnpike business to county court for trial.

District Judge William Wenner says he would make that ruling later today, following four hours of closing arguments in the preliminary hearing against former Senator Bob Mellow and five other defendants.

Prosecutors describe the allegations of bid rigging and influence peddling as a breach of public trust and improper influence over large contracts.

Defense lawyers argue there wasn't evidence to support any of the charges and urged the judge to throw out the case.

Other defendants are former turnpike chairman Mitch Rubin, former chief executive Joe Brimmeier, former chief operating officer George Hatalowich and two people who worked for vendors.

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