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Phila. Traffic Judge Pleads Guilty in Another Corruption Case

But the new conviction won’t mean additional prison time. The newly imposed sentence will run concurrently with her previous two-year federal sentence.

12/17/2014

(Pa. state representative Vanessa Lowery Brown, in undercover surveillance video.  Image provided by Phila. DA)

Phila. DA Reopens Corruption Charges Against 2 Pa. State Lawmakers

State representatives Vanessa Lowery Brown and Ron Waters (both D-Phila.) are charged with taking cash from an undercover agent. Pennsylvania’s attorney general had previously declared the cases dead.

12/16/2014

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Philadelphia Judge Hoping For Home Confinement After Federal Conviction

The defense attorney for former Philadelphia Traffic Court president judge Thomasine Tynes says his client has been cooperating with authorities in their ongoing corruption probe.

11/10/2014

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Another Former Employee of Chaka Fattah Pleads Guilty to Corruption

Although not specifically named, Congressman Fattah is linked to the ongoing federal investigation by two people who used to work for him.

11/05/2014

(Pennsylvania state senator LeAnna Washington, wearing checked suit, arrives in Montgomery County Court for sentencing.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Pa. State Sen. Washington Pleads Guilty, Gets House Arrest

Washington pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to a political corruption investigation.

10/30/2014

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In Surprising Move, Former Phila. Traffic Judge Thomasine Tynes Waives Hearing

The strategy sometimes indicates a possible guilty plea down the road. But what does it mean here?

10/28/2014

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Case Against Pa. Sen. LeAnna Washington May Be Wrapping Up

Judge Steven O’Neill told defense attorneys that he’ll want to know by Friday whether Washington will plead guilty to the charges against her or whether her case will go to trial.

10/20/2014

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Heroin Buyer Convicted Despite Testimony From Tainted Phila. Police Officer

The defense argued that arresting officer Christopher Hulmes’ testimony should be rejected in this case because of his admission of perjury in an earlier case.

08/22/2014

(Pa. state senator LeAnna Washington leaves her preliminary hearing in Abington, Pa.   March 26th file photo by Brad Segall)

Hearing Set For Pa. Lawmaker’s Request to Change Trial Locale

Judge Steven O’Neill scheduled oral arguments for a week from Thursday on a change-of-venue motion filed by lawyers for Pennsylvania state senator LeAnna Washington, charged with corruption.

08/19/2014

(Penndot inspector Rober Slamon is brought into court for his hearing.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Two Charged in Alleged Scheme To Rip Off PennDOT and Taxpayers

Authorities arrested Thanh Nguyen, a Penndot contractor since 2009, and Robert Slamon, a state inspector whom prosecutors say was bribed by Nguyen to look the other way.

07/31/2014

probe dropped

Good-Government Activist Says Pa. Ethics Panel Working His Corruption Complaint

The probe was later shut down by state attorney general Kathleen Kane, saying she she had no choice because the investigation was so flawed.

07/22/2014

(Pa. state senator LeAnna Washington, accompanied by her son, arrives at a district justice office in Abington to face theft and related charges.  March 2014 file photo by KYW's Brad Segall)

Prosecutors Urge Judge To Keep Sen. LeAnna Washington’s Trial in Montco

A multi-county grand jury indicted the 68-year-old state lawmaker, and the presiding judge selected Montgomery County as the venue for the trial.

07/16/2014

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Arrest Warrant Issued For Pa. State Rep.; A Misunderstanding, Says His Attorney

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office says State Rep. JP Miranda failed to show for his hearing and did not give notice to the court, so it requested a bench warrant for his arrest.

07/08/2014

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Senate OKs Bill To Ban Cash Gifts to Legislators; House Future Uncertain

The bill passed by the state senate would make it felony to accept cash gifts over $250. Under $250, it would be a misdemeanor.

04/09/2014

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Reacting to Aborted Corruption Sting, Pa. House Bans Most Cash Gifts To Members

The Pennsylvania House is banning cash gifts except those from family members or non-lobbyist friends in circumstances where the motivation was clearly personal.

04/02/2014

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