Tailgate pot charge dropped against Pa. lawmaker

BY foxsports • November 24, 2010

A western Pennsylvania lawmaker has been fined $50 plus court costs for disorderly conduct after Pittsburgh police dropped a charge that he smoked marijuana while tailgating last month outside a Pittsburgh Steelers game.

No testimony was taken at Democratic state Rep. Paul Costa's brief appearance in Pittsburgh Municipal Court on Wednesday. A police spokeswoman says she couldn't comment on the decision to drop the charge.

Costa's attorney, Phil DiLucente, says the plea bargain is a typical way for the courts to deal with minor marijuana charges, but he refused to describe what was ''disorderly'' about Costa's behavior on Oct. 3.

DiLucente had previously denied Costa smoked marijuana, saying the lawmaker ''detests'' the drug.

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