Charges involving security around Mariner East pipeline get tossed out

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Chester County judge has thrown out charges against the manager of a security firm handling the construction of the Mariner East pipeline.

James Murphy was one of five men charged with what then-Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan described as buying and selling badges to work security along the construction of the Mariner East pipeline.

Murphy ran a private security firm that was hired by Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline.

He was accused of hiring state constables to patrol the construction and hiding payments to them.

But a Chester County judge ruled prosecutors failed to show enough evidence that a crime was committed.

The owner of the security company was charged, but he died last year. An executive with Energy Transfer was also charged, but that case was tossed out at his preliminary hearing.

Two men from another security firm are scheduled for court appearances next week.

Two state constables are charged as well, and their cases are still working their way through the judicial system.

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