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Papenfuse confirms investigation, says accountability is critical

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 8, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Harrisburg's Mayor Eric Papenfuse says his administration is cooperating with the state Attorney General's grand jury probe. In a brief statement to the press Monday, Papenfuse confirmed

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hundreds of documents are now in the hands of investigators.

Papenfuse says he assumes the papers will be helpful in determining if criminal activity took place at City Hall.

He wouldn't say what's in them or detail what he told the grand jury.

The mayor did say both he and the City Solicitor have testified.

"As you may recall, in 2007, I stood up and requested that the Attorney General investigate what I saw as a pattern of illegal activity emanating at that time from the Harrisburg Authority," says Papenfuse.

"To the extent to which we have accountability in Harrisburg, I will feel that is a positive thing. We're all working to the goal of helping the city grow and have a real rebirth and I have always said that won't happen without accountability."

The mayor did not specify what crimes he thinks have been committed.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office has not commented, as it commonly does not confirm investigations.

She did acknowledge last year Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico referred his probe to her office to avoid any conflicts of interest.

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