Veon trial goes to jury today

After six weeks of testimony and close to 800,000 objections*, jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Mike Veon and three former aides today.

The prosecution is delivering its closing arguments this morning. That follows more than seven hours of presentations yesterday, split between the four defendants’ lawyers. Veon’s attorney, Dan Raynak, tried to discredit Mike Manzo, Scott Brubaker and other key witnesses who agreed to plea bargains. He called them “gypsies, tramps and thieves” at one point, saying the ex-top staffers lied on the witness stand and knowingly broke the law.

Veon, Brett Cott, Steve Keefer and Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink all face multiple theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest charges for allegedly campaigning on the public dime and overseeing a tax dollars for campaign work bonus scheme.

If the jury doesn’t reach a verdict today, they may deliberate through the weekend. Judge Richard Lewis says that decision is up to the panel’s twelve members.

Here’s the Post-Gazette’s take on yesterday’s proceedings. Other links from:

The AP

The Tribune-Review

* Kidding — but the actual count is likely in the thousands.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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