Bonusgate jurors end day without verdict in corruption case

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HARRISBURG -- A Dauphin County jury this evening wrapped up its 11th hour deliberating the fate of former state Rep. Mike Veon and three former legislative aides accused in a wide-ranging government corruption scheme.

Eight women and four men deliberated for two hours Friday, took the weekend off, and then resumed their close-door session this morning.

Meanwhile today, Judge Richard A. Lewis pared down the nine banker boxes full of evidence available for the jury to review during deliberations. The excluded evidence includes several hundred documents that had been broadly described during testimony but had not been shown in court and were not deemed directly relevant to the criminal charges, Veon attorney Dan Raynak said in an interview after jurors were dismissed for the day.

Mr. Raynak had requested the omission of that evidence, but did not consider the judge's decision a victory.

"I wouldn't say it's a win for either side," Mr. Raynak said. "The judge just decided to limit the evidence to what was shown in testimony."

Jurors are expected to return at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Veon represented Beaver County in the Legislature for 22 years. He now lives in Harrisburg.

On trial with him are former aides Brett Cott, Stephen Keefer and Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink. All are charged with theft, conflict of interest and conspiracy for allegedly using millions of dollars worth of public resources to subsidize political campaigns, including paying bonuses to state employees who worked on campaigns.

Tracie Mauriello: or 717-87-2141.


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