Nine current or former judges have been charged, and former judge Fortunato Perri Sr. is now the third to plead guilty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The once-powerful Philadelphia politician also was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution, and will spend an additional five years on probation.
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.
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.
DeWeese is accused of using his staff and other taxpayer resources for campaign purposes.
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.
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.
Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams has created a new task force designed speficially to weed out public corruption in the city.