Ex-Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed gets delay in corruption trial

FILE - Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed attends a September 2015 preliminary hearing on corruption charges. (WHTM)
FILE - Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed attends a September 2015 preliminary hearing on corruption charges. (WHTM)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The corruption trial of former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed has been delayed.

The state attorney general’s office says the defense filed a motion for continuance due to discovery due to the amount of material in the case.

The trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 31. A new date has not been set.

Reed initially faced 449 criminal counts, but hundreds were eventually dropped. He’s accused of using taxpayer money to buy artifacts and memorabilia for a planned wild west and other museums between 1990 and 2010.

“I believe there are approximately 115 counts remaining and we’re very confident in the case that we have,” attorney general spokesman Jeffrey Johnson said. “We’re looking forward to proceeding with that, possibly to a trial.”

The attorney general’s office says a new trial date could be set at the end of the month.

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