Jury selection set for Monday in former Harrisburg mayor's trial

Written by Emily Previti/Keystone Crossroads | Jan 19, 2017 4:18 AM

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

(Harrisburg) -- A political saga that's spanned decades comes to a head next week as the former mayor of Harrisburg's criminal trial gets underway.

Stephen Reed faces more than 100 charges for allegedly stealing artifacts bought with public funds.

He served seven terms as mayor. Later on in his tenure, he devoted a lot of time to a planning a series of public museums meant to boost local tourism.

The project was ultimately abandoned, but not before Harrisburg's National Fire museum opened, along with the National Civil War Museum.

But, the city bought thousands of artifacts, most for a facility that would've focused on the American West.

Investigators for the state Attorney General's office say Reed took some of the objects for himself on his way out of office in 2009.

Reed's lawyer says he's the rightful owner of the artifacts and filed a motion in recent weeks to get back some of the items seized by authorities from his home and personal storage space in 20-15.

Investigators say Reed hasn't produced records proving ownership.

Jury selection starts Monday.

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