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Public Corruption

Another Judge Pleads Guilty To Fixing Tickets in Phila. Traffic Court

Nine current or former judges have been charged, and former judge Fortunato Perri Sr. is now the third to plead guilty.

03/13/2013

(Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, far right, was among the officials on hand for the hotline announcement.  Credit: Tony Hanson)

FBI Philadelphia Office Announces Hotline To Report Corrupt Public Officials

The boss of Philadelphia’s local FBI office, suported by state and local law enforcement officials, has announced a new hotline designed to help root out public corruption.

10/22/2012

(Former Justice Joan Orie Melvin.  File photo)

Corruption Charges Announced Against Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin

Several state lawmakers have already been convicted of using taxpayer resources for political purposes, including Republican state senator Jane Orie, the sister of Joan Orie Melvin.

05/18/2012

(File photo provided)

Former Pa. Legislative Staffer Gets 1½-4 Years As ‘Bonusgate’ Probe Rolls On

As he left the courtroom, Mike Manzo told reporters he was disappointed by others involved in the case who blamed the “culture” of Harrisburg for their actions.

04/16/2012

William DeWeese bids farewell to colleagues. (credit: KYW's Tony Romeo)

Former House Speaker DeWeese Bids Farewell To Colleagues

Former state House speaker William DeWeese, who will be sentenced later this month for his conviction on public corruption charges, gave his farewell address to colleagues on Tuesday.

04/04/2012

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.

03/21/2012

(A defiant state rep. William DeWeese, after his conviction today on corruption and related charges.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Rep. DeWeese Convicted Of Most Charges In Corruption Trial

William DeWeese was Democratic leader of the state House when he was accused of using public resources, mainly staff, for campaign purposes. He is still a sitting member of the House.

02/06/2012

Bill DeWeese (file photo)

Jury Deliberations Set To Begin In DeWeese Corruption Trial

William DeWeese, who is still member of the state House, is accused of using taxpayer-paid staff in his Harrisburg and district offices for campaign purposes.

02/02/2012

(William DeWeese, outside the courtroom where he is on trial for corruption. Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania State Rep. William DeWeese Testifies at His Corruption Trial

DeWeese is accused of using his staff and other taxpayer resources for campaign purposes.

02/01/2012

(Photo provided by Montgomery County DA's office)

Perjury Hearing For Former Montco Commissioner To Be Heard By Special Judge

Court officials in Montgomery County are now seeking an “out of county” district court judge to decide whether former county commissioner James Matthews will be held for trial on perjury charges.

01/05/2012

(Willie Singletary, preaching in a Youtube video from last July.)

Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Booted In Naked Photo Flap

KYW Newsradio has learned that Philadelphia Traffic Court judge Willie Singletary has been ousted for allegedly showing naked pictures of himself to a female worker.

12/23/2011

(Philadelphia DA Seth Williams, at lectern, introduces Patrick Blessington, far left, who will head the DA's new anti-corruption task force.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia DA Creates New Public Corruption Task Force

Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams has created a new task force designed speficially to weed out public corruption in the city.

06/02/2011

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