SUNBURY — Joseph Leschinskie Jr.’s new lawyer, Franklin E. Kepner Jr., of Berwick, claims his client’s conviction on two felony drug charges doesn’t constitute an “infamous” crime and should not prevent him from maintaining his position as a Shamokin councilman.

On behalf of Leschinskie, Kepner filed an answer Tuesday afternoon to Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz’s complaint that challenges Leschinskie’s ability to maintain his position as councilman because he’s a convicted felon.

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