HARRISBURG - A judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors presented enough evidence to send to trial an influence-peddling case against a former legislator and five others regarding Pennsylvania Turnpike business.
District Judge William Wenner's ruling came after a week's testimony last month and argument Tuesday by defense lawyers.
Prosecutor Laurel Brandstetter called the allegations a breach of trust. "This is not what the public pays these people to do," she said.
The defendants include former state Senate Democratic leader Bob Mellow, former Turnpike Commission Chairman Mitch Rubin, former chief executive Joe Brimmeier, former chief operating officer George Hatalowich, and two people who worked for turnpike vendors.