It could be months before Reed's corruption case proceeds

Written by Emily Previti/Keystone Crossroads | Jan 7, 2016 5:00 AM

FILE PHOTO: Reporters flank former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed after his arrest on bribery, theft and corruption charges. (Diana Robinson/WITF)

(Harrisburg) -- The corruption case against former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed isn't expected to proceed for months, after a court ruling yesterday.

Reed's defense team now has 60 days to shore up the argument for reducing the number of  charges against their client.

Reed's lawyer Henry Hockeimer says the state waited too long to charge Reed after his tenure as a public official, which ended six years ago.

"Statute of limitations motion, we believe, if successful, would dispose of 11 of 14 charges, 306 of 449 counts," he says.

Hockeimer also wanted more direction on where, exactly, to find the dates of Reed's alleged offenses within 35 gigabytes worth of evidence turned over by the state Attorney General's office.

But Judge Kevin Hess says that's the defense team's job and gave them 60 days to do it. 

Meanwhile, the city is refusing to release public records to Hockeimer - and he's not happy. 

"You can call it irony, you can call it contradiction, you can call it hypocrisy," he says.

Neil Grover is Harrisburg's solicitor calls it "nonsense."

"The box we're in, we didn't put ourselves in. We are here because the prior mayor took actions including, according to the grand jury, the possession numerous records of the city," Grover says. "We are in a box because of another court order."

City solicitor Neil Grover says complying with the directive would violate rules that govern grand jury proceedings and adds he believes Reed's attorneys are trying to help their cause in the criminal case by baiting the city into violating a gag order in the grand jury investigation that led to Reed's arrest.

"They could basically claim there's something wrong with the grand jury process," he says.

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