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Official Corruption

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

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

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

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

Witness Describes Arranging Pa. Lawmaker’s Fundraiser Using State Resources

Pennsylvania state senator LeAnna Washington has been ordered held for trial on charges that she misused her Senate offices to raise money for her campaign.

03/26/2014

(Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Attorney General Says She Had No Choice But To Drop Corruption Cases

At a press conference in Harrisburg, Kane said the biggest reason she believes the investigation is fatally flawed is the credibility of the informant posing as a lobbyist who allegedly captured audio of the lawmakers accepting payments.

03/17/2014

(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)

Pa. State Senator LeAnna Washington Charged With Illegal Use of Staff

The state attorney general’s office says that state senator LeAnna Washington, a Democrat who represents portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, has been charged with theft and conflict of interest.

03/12/2014

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Pa. Rep. Charged With Funneling Money, Power To Sister

State representative Jose “JP” Miranda and his sister, Michelle Wilson, are charged with criminal conspiracy, perjury, and conflict of interest.

01/27/2014

(Philadelphia Traffic Court, in file photo.   Credit: CBS3)

Phila. Traffic Court Official Pleads Guilty In Ticket-Fixing Conspiracy

Former court administrator William Hird pleaded guilty to 18 counts of mail and wire fraud and lying to investigators.

01/27/2014

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Onetime Atlantic City, NJ Official Charged With Corruption

Logan Holt, 54, of Galloway Township, spent a decade working in the mercantile division of the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

11/22/2013

(File photo: Philadelphia Traffic Court)

Pennsylvania’s Top Court Takes Over Philadelphia Traffic Court Amid Corruption Probe

Justice Ronald Castille announced that he was essentially seizing control of Philadelphia Traffic Court because of reports of widespread ticket-fixing.

12/19/2011

(Rick Mariano, in 2004 file photo.)

Philadelphia Ex-Councilman, Ex-Con Mariano Promotes ‘Ban The Box’ Legislation

Former Philadelphia city councilman Rick Mariano, who spent four years in federal prison following a conviction for bribery, returned to Philadelphia City Council today for the first time since his release.

03/16/2011