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John Burkoff on Whether Pittsburgh Mayor is Likely Target of Federal Investigation

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February 27, 2013

Pitt Law Professor John Burkoff commented on the likelihood of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s becoming a target of the federal investigation of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Ravenstahl last week announced the resignation of Chief Nate Harper in light of allegations that Harper had ties to businessman Art Bedway, who has pled guilty to falsely representing his company to win a contract to install computers in city police vehicles. Though Ravenstahl denies he is a target, there are questions surrounding his knowledge of a police credit union’s issuance of debit cards to members of his security detail.

“There is a great likelihood that [Ravenstahl] wouldn't become a target if everything stays the same and nothing startling emerges from the investigation,” Burkoff told the Pittsburgh City Paper. However, he continued, “Sometimes, like a jack-in-the-box, things can pop up.”

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