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William DeWeese Found Guilty
 
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 02/06/12 8:15 am | updated: 02/06/12 8:15 am
 
A once-powerful Pennsylvania House speaker was found guilty this week of corruption and related charges.

William DeWeese was Democratic leader of the state House when he was accused of using public resources, mainly staff, for campaign purposes. He is still a sitting member of the House.

DeWeese’s lawyer vowed to appeal the verdict, and DeWeese said he would seek re-election. He would be required to give up his House seat upon sentencing.



This morning, a jury in Harrisburg found him guilty of three of four counts of theft and one count of conspiracy, relating to allegations that he required taxpayer-paid staff members to work on his election campaigns as part of their jobs.

The former Democratic House leader was one of the last to be charged among the 25 people connected to the House Democratic and Republican caucuses who were arrested in a five-year-old state corruption investigation begun by then-attorney general (now governor) Tom Corbett.

Afterward, DeWeese was defiant, continuing to claim his innocence. He quipped that he is volunteering to help escort Gov. Corbett to the podium for his next budget address.

DeWeese had been a member of House Democratic leadership for two decades. The 61-year-old Greene County lawmaker was the only sitting legislator to go to trial.
 
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