HARRISBURG - Testimony in the trial of former State Rep. Sean Ramaley ended yesterday with defense witnesses saying he performed at least some legitimate work as an aide to a senior House Democrat in the months before Ramaley's 2004 election.

The 34-year-old Ramaley is the first of almost two dozen people facing criminal charges to stand trial as a result of state Attorney General Tom Corbett's investigation into alleged misuse of legislative workers and public resources.

Ramaley is charged with theft, conspiracy, and conflict-of-interest in spending hours on the state clock working on his political campaign. He did not testify, and he and his lawyers declined to comment yesterday.

The jury is expected to hear closing arguments today and then begin deliberations. - AP