HARRISBURG — Five years after quietly pleading guilty in an embezzlement scheme, much of the case against former state Rep. Leslie Acosta remains under a shroud of secrecy.

More than half of the court records in Acosta’s case are sealed, despite widespread criticism that the onetime Philadelphia Democrat was allowed to remain in office, and even run for reelection uncontested, because of the unusual level of secrecy surrounding her 2016 conviction.

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