• Former Pittsburgh police Chief Harper given more time to file motions, discuss plea bargain


    PITTSBURGH - Former Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper asked for and received more time to file pretrial motions so that he can continue discussing a possible plea bargain with prosecutors, according to court documents filed today.

    A federal grand jury in February indicted Harper, 60, of Stanton Heights for using public money for personal expenses and four counts of failing to file income tax returns.

    Harper's attorney, Robert Leight, said in the motion seeking a 60-day extension of the filing deadline that Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar objects to giving Harper more time.

    Leight and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

    U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon granted the motion and extended the deadline to Sept. 10.

    This article was written by Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.

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