PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge is ordering Gov. Tom Corbett’s son-in-law to stand trial on charges that he stole money while on duty as a Philadelphia police narcotics officer.
KYW-TV in Philadelphia reported that the ruling came during Jerold Gibson’s preliminary hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors are seeking a jury trial on the five misdemeanor charges.
Defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. conceded Gibson didn’t immediately turn in $140 in cash he allegedly took from a car during a sting operation by police and the FBI. But Peruto said Gibson didn’t intend to steal the money but was temporarily sidetracked by another assignment.
Gibson, 43, who was fired from the police force following an internal investigation, is married to Corbett’s daughter Kate, but they are separated.