Dismissal of most of the charges against former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed in the purchase of thousands of artifacts for museums that were never built will not be not appealed, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office has announced.

Reed, who left office in January 2010, was accused of financing the purchases of antique firearms, a life-size sarcophagus, a full suit of armor, and a life-size buffalo head, among other artifacts by secretly diverted funds borrowed from municipal agencies that later contributed to the city's bankruptcy.

Ballard Spahr partner and defense attorney Henry Hockeimer Jr. called the case "an ill-conceived prosecution from the start" and said the defense looks forward to "vigorously contesting the remaining charges at trial."