New judge picked for former Harrisburg mayor's trial

Written by Emily Previti, Keystone Crossroads Reporter | Nov 2, 2015 9:48 AM

(HARRISBURG) - The president judge in an adjacent county will preside of the corruption trial of former Harrisburg mayor Steve Reed in Dauphin County.

Cumberland County President Judge Kevin Hess will hear the case, according to Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts spokesman Art Heinz.

Judge Richard Cashman of Columbia County was tapped for the preliminary hearing because Reed spent nearly three decades as mayor in Harrisburg.

But that proceeding was at the district magistrate level.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor appointed Hess to handle the case at the county level after Dauphin County's president judge requested the recusal of his entire bench.

Columbia County is hours away, while Cumberland and Dauphin counties are separated by the Susquehanna River, which is not quite one mile wide.

Reed, 64, was elected first to the state House of Representatives, then Dauphin County Commissioner, before spending nearly three decades as the capital city's mayor.

He lost the Democratic primary in 2009, left office at the end of that year and was arrested last spring on theft and corruption charges linked to his alleged taking of artifacts bought with public money.

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