The fate of former state Rep. Stephen Stetler is in the hands of the jury in his corruption trial.
Lawyers for the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments Monday and Judge Todd Hoover instructed jurors on the law. The jury planned to begin deliberations Tuesday. Earlier in the day, former Governor Ed Rendell led a long procession of character witnesses on behalf of Stetler, who is charged in connection with his role as a member of Democratic leadership in the House between 2004 and 2006.
The 62-year-old Stetler also served as state revenue secretary for about a year in Rendell's administration. Stetler is accused of using state employees to perform campaign work on state time. He's pleaded not guilty to charges including theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.