Judges reject appeal by ex-Rep. Stephen Stetler

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 3, 2014 3:50 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A panel of judges has rejected the appeal of a Pennsylvania state representative who was the last defendant to be prosecuted in a sweeping legislative corruption probe.

A three-judge Superior Court panel today rejected former Representative Stephen Stetler's claims that prosecutors lacked enough evidence to convict him and that the trial judge improperly discussed the case with jurors outside the presence of Stetler and his lawyer.

The panel concluded Judge Todd Hoover in Dauphin County correctly rejected all of Stetler's claims.

Stetler, a York County Democrat and former member of House Democratic leadership, was convicted of conspiracy, conflict of interest and theft for illegally using state employees to perform campaign work. He was released from York County Prison in February.

Stetler's lawyer didn't return an e-mail seeking comment.

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