John Perzel

John Perzel (center) at the Dauphin County Courthouse.  credit: Tony Romeo

Former Pennsylvania House Speaker John Perzel Paroled From Prison

Former Pennsylvania House speaker John Perzel has been paroled from prison after serving nearly two years on a corruption conviction.


(The dome of the Pennsylvania state capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Guns No Longer Allowed For Pa. House Security Guards

The security guards for the Pennsylvania state Senate in Harrisburg do not carry firearms, and the House security guards didn’t either, until a few years ago.


Another Pa. Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Misusing Taxpayer Money For Political Purposes

For the second time this year, a sitting member of the Pennsylvania legislature has been convicted of using taxpayer resources for campaign purposes.


John Perzel (center) at the Dauphin County Courthouse.  credit: Tony Romeo

Former Pa. House Speaker Perzel Gets 2½-5 Years in Prison For Corruption

The once-powerful Philadelphia politician also was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution, and will spend an additional five years on probation.



Sentencing Day For Former Pennsylvania House Speaker John Perzel

Former state House speaker John Perzel of Philadelphia will be sentenced to today for his role as the alleged “architect” of a scheme to use millions of dollars in taxpayer resources for political work.


File photo:  Brett Feese, on the day of his arraignment in Nov. 2009.  Credit:  Tony Romeo)

Former Pa. Rep. Brett Feese Guilty On All Counts In ‘Computergate’ Case

A jury has convicted former GOP lawmaker Brett Feese of all 40 corruption counts against him.


(A wall decoration at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Part 2: ‘The Land of Oz’

Why would a state senator from western Pennsylvania care about parking spaces in Philadelphia? He probably doesn’t, yet he has more say over who runs the Philadelphia Parking Authority than our mayor does.


(John Perzel, center, is accompanied by his lawyer as he leaves a Harrisburg courtroom today.   Credit: Tony Romeo)

Former Pa. Speaker Testifies Against Former Colleague In Corruption Case

Former Pennsylvania house speaker John Perzel of Philadelphia was on the witness stand as the trial of two co-defendants in a public corruption case continues in Harrisburg.


(Gov. Tom Corbett, in file photo)

Gov. Corbett Says Perzel Guilty Plea Speaks To His Own Integrity

“I also, back in 2004, received campaign contributions directly to my campaign from the former speaker (John Perzel). It didn’t do him any good, did it?,” Corbett told reporters today.


(Former Pennsylvania House speaker John Perzel, center, approaches the Dauphin County Courthouse to enter his guilty pleas.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Former Pa. House Speaker Perzel Enters His Guilty Pleas

Ex-Rep. John Perzel entered the guilty plea to two counts of conflict of interest, two counts of theft, and four counts of conspiracy.


(File photo of former House Speaker John Perzel. Credit: Tony Romeo)

Former House Speaker Perzel To Plead Guilty In Corruption Case

The former House Speaker, a Philadelphia Republican, is scheduled to change his pleas from innocent to guilty on corruption charges at a hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday.


(Philadelphia brothers Kevin, left, and Brendan Boyle were sworn in Tuesday for the next session of the Pennsylvania legislature.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmakers Take Oath For New Session of Legislature

Thirty-two new members of the Pennsylvania Legislature –- including nearly a dozen from the Philadelphia area –- were sworn in along with returning members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate.


Perzel Corruption Case Inches Forward In Harrisburg

Former Pennsylvania House speaker John Perzel is charged with theft, conflict of interest, and other offenses.



AP: Drug, Gun Arrests In Some Pennsylvania Lawmakers’ Pasts

Drug offenses, gun charges, theft and drunken driving turned up in the backgrounds of some state lawmakers when the entire Pennsylvania General Assembly was checked against public records, news accounts and other sources.