Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of attempting to extort donations during his unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign for governor last year.
But the new conviction won’t mean additional prison time. The newly imposed sentence will run concurrently with her previous two-year federal sentence.
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.
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.
Although not specifically named, Congressman Fattah is linked to the ongoing federal investigation by two people who used to work for him.
Washington pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to a political corruption investigation.
The strategy sometimes indicates a possible guilty plea down the road. But what does it mean here?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The probe was later shut down by state attorney general Kathleen Kane, saying she she had no choice because the investigation was so flawed.
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.
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.
The bill passed by the state senate would make it felony to accept cash gifts over $250. Under $250, it would be a misdemeanor.