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Six Ordered Held For Trial For Alleged Pennsylvania Turnpike Bid Rigging Scheme

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Six defendants have been ordered held for trial involving alleged “pay for play” corruption at the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

After a preliminary hearing that included days of testimony, a district judge in suburban Harrisburg has ordered that six defendants face trial in the turnpike corruption case.

Bill Fetterhoff — the attorney for one of the defendants, former turnpike Chief Operating Officer George Hatalowich – spoke with reporters after the hearing concluded Tuesday afternoon.

“This case, as was demonstrated during the testimony and again today, was extraordinarily weak,” Fetterhoff said. “These are good citizens and they have been unfairly characterized.”

In addition to Hatalowich, other defendants in the turnpike corruption case include the turnpike’s former CEO, Joseph Brimmeier, former turnpike Commissioner Mitchell Rubin, and the former longtime state Senate Democratic Leader Robert Mellow, who have been charged with offenses that include bribery and bid-rigging.

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