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.
For the second time this year, a sitting member of the Pennsylvania legislature has been convicted of using taxpayer resources for campaign purposes.
The once-powerful Philadelphia politician also was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution, and will spend an additional five years on probation.
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.
A jury has convicted former GOP lawmaker Brett Feese of all 40 corruption counts against him.
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.
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.
“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.
Ex-Rep. John Perzel entered the guilty plea to two counts of conflict of interest, two counts of theft, and four counts of conspiracy.
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.
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.
Former Pennsylvania House speaker John Perzel is charged with theft, conflict of interest, and other offenses.
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.