22 June 2012. A former Democratic state representative and one-time chairman of the House Democratic Committee, Stephen Stetler, testified in his own defence n Dauphin County Court on Thursday, the fourth day of the trial.

Some prosecution witnesses testified earlier that they routinely did campaign work on state time using taxpayer resources and e-mails that included Stetler’s name. But four former staff members testifying for the defence said the former York County lawmaker made it clear that campaign activities were to be kept separate from legislative work.

Stetler  was charged on four counts of theft and one count each of conspiracy and conflict of interest.