- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The former mayor of Pennsylvania’s capital city wants the dismissal of 338 of 499 charges in the corruption case against him, saying they’re barred by statutes of limitations.

Thursday’s filing says statutes of limitations of two to five years should sweep 338 of the charges against Stephen Reed out of court immediately. Reed’s lawyer Henry Hockeimer Jr. also writes that the charges are fatally flawed for numerous factual and legal reasons.

Reed was arrested by state prosecutors in July and accused of illegally diverting public bond proceeds to buy thousands of artifacts to fill museums that never opened.

Prosecutors say those practices helped deepen the debt-laden city’s financial troubles that it’s still fighting. They also say thousands of artifacts were found in a search of Reed’s office and home.

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