Ravenstahl grand jury expires; feds mum on probe

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal grand jury that has heard from several staff and police officials linked to former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has expired without returning indictments.


Ravenstahl and his attorney have denied wrongdoing or that he was targeted in the investigation.


U.S. Attorney David Hickton, who confirmed the investigation without describing its scope or purpose earlier this year, declined comment Tuesday.


Hickton could carry-on with the investigation by swearing in another grand jury, though there was no indication he planned to do that.


Ravenstahl could not be located for comment and his defense attorney, Charles Porter Jr., did not immediately return calls and emails.


Ravenstahl chose not to run for re-election last year less than two weeks after forcing his police chief to resign. The chief has since been convicted of creating an illegal police slush fund.


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