Monday, March 2, 2015

Register of Wills to plead guilty, sources say

Reilly and two top assistants were scheduled for trial on Nov. 28.

Register of Wills to plead guilty, sources say

Bucks County Register of Wills Barbara Reilly will plead guilty this afternoon in the case in which she allegedly forced employees to perform political work on county time and retaliated against those who resisted, sources say.

Reilly, 76, of Bensalem, was scheduled for trial on Nov. 28 on charges of theft, conspiracy, official oppression, tampering with records, and other crimes.

Two of her top assistants, First Deputy James McCullen, 76; and former Second Deputy Rebecca Kiefer, 65, also were scheduled for trial on Nov. 28 before Philadelphia Senior Judge John Braxton, who is hearing the case to avoid conflicts of interest with Bucks County judges.

A third assistant, Candace Quinn, pleaded guilty in September to felony charges of theft and conspiracy and to misdemeanor charges of obstructing law enforcement, official oppression, tampering with evidence, tampering with records and conspiracy.

Quinn acknowledged that she had shredded a handwritten ledger of otherwise undocumented compensatory time given office employees who worked the polls for Reilly or performed other political functions. She is awaiting sentencing and had agreed to testify in the trials of Reilly and her other two co-workers. 
About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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