Final charge dropped against former Pa. senator

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 17, 2014 2:03 AM

(Harrisburg) -- State prosecutors are dropping the final criminal charge that former state Senator Bob Mellow had faced in a public corruption investigation centered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

A Dauphin County judge in Harrisburg has granted a request by the attorney general's office to dismiss a conspiracy count against Mellow, once the Senate's Democratic floor leader.

A state prosecutor wrote in a court filing that after the judge dismissed all six other counts against Mellow last week, she didn't think she'd be able to prove the conspiracy case.

State prosecutors claim former state officials used control over lucrative turnpike contracts to rig bids, profit financially and influence political campaigns.

Two former turnpike employees got probation after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges that included theft. 

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