Attorney argues for lesser sentence for Harper because former Pittsburgh police chief didn't lead conspiracy

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The attorney for former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper argued in a court filing today that the federal defendant was “not an organizer, leader, manager or supervisor” of the conspiracy to which he pleaded guilty in October.

The filing by Robert Leight, an attorney for Mr. Harper, 60, is part of the back-and-forth process leading to the scheduled Feb. 25 sentencing of the former chief. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft from a program receiving federal funds, according to federal prosecutors, for instructing others to place $70,628 in funds meant for city coffers into unauthorized accounts at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union, then tapping it for $31,986 in personal expenses.

Federal sentencing guidelines include enhancements, which can lead to more severe sentences, when the defendant was a leader of the conspiracy. The U.S. Probation Office suggested in its report that the enhancement should be applied, according to Mr. Leight’s brief filing.

Mr. Leight could not be reached for immediate comment.

Rich Lord:, 412-263-1542 or on Twitter @richelord.

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