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Former House Speaker Perzel To Plead Guilty In Corruption Case

HARRISBURG (CBS) -Former Pennsylvania House Speaker John Perzel of Philadelphia has decided to plead guilty just days before the scheduled start of his corruption trial in Harrisburg.

The charges against John Perzel and several others associated with the state House Republican caucus are part of the investigation more broadly known as “Bonusgate” because it began with a probe of legislative staffers allegedly being given bonuses for campaign work.

That probe has already produced the conviction of the former number-two man in the House Democratic caucus, Mike Veon.

In Perzel’s case, the allegations involved the alleged misuse of computer and other technology paid for by taxpayers but instead used for political purposes. A brief, one-sentence order issued by a judge in Harrisburg says only that Perzel and another defendant are now scheduled to enter guilty pleas Wednesday afternoon. The attorney general’s office has no comment on the order.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. bottomline says:

    How do you teach children about honesty and integrity when creeps like this make the headlines and rule the roost. These people are destroying our country and they should be charged and punished just like enemies of any country.

  2. Carolyn says:

    I hope that Perzel gets his just dues, unlike Fumo’s sentence, which was a big joke!!!

  3. HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN !!! says:

    THERE NEEDS TO BE CHANGES AT THE TOP , ON A REGULAR BASIS.

    BUT, LETS NOT BUY THEM OUT FOR A MILLION DOLLARS AS WE DID WITH
    SISTA ARLENE SAYS HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE

    IM THINKING 60 MONTHS IN SOME PLUSH CELL ………………

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