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1st GOP trial opens in Pa. corruption scandal
1st trial of GOP defendants in Pa. corruption scandal opens in Harrisburg courtroom
By The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ' The first trial of Republicans in Pennsylvania's corruption scandal is under way in Harrisburg.

Lawyers are making opening statements Monday before a Dauphin County jury of six men and six women. Judge Richard Lewis has said the trial could last eight weeks.

The defendants are former Rep. Brett Feese, a one-time House GOP whip; Brian Preski, chief of staff to former House Speaker John Perzel; and former Feese aide Jill Seaman. They are accused of participating in a scheme to illegally spend millions of taxpayer dollars on technology and other public resources to boost GOP election campaigns.

Six other Republicans pleaded guilty and may testify for the prosecution. Among them is Perzel, who prosecutors say was the ringleader.

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