By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Two Philadelphia politicians caught on tape accepting money from an informant were sentenced today to probation after pleading guilty in a Dauphin County courtroom.READ MORE: 5 People Shot Near Temple University, Philadelphia Police Say
State representative Ronald Waters (D-Phila.) pleaded guilty to several counts of conflict of interest and was sentenced to 23 months’ probation. He is also resigning his office.READ MORE: Zack Wheeler K's 9 In 7 Shutout Innings, Phillies Top Padres 3-0
Former Pa. House member Harold James (D-Phila.) pleaded guilty to one count of conflict of interest and was sentenced to 12 months’ probation.
Philadelphia assistant district attorney Mark Gilson said he was satisfied with the sentences of probation, noting that Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane had at one time declared the case dead on arrival.
“Non-prosecutable,” Gilson recalls Kane calling the case. “And today, two defendants pled guilty. I think that tells you everything you need to know about the strength and quality of this case.”MORE NEWS: Republican Nomination For Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Race Uncertain As Thousands Of Mail-In Votes Still Being Counted
A third defendant, Pa. Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, was also in court today but signaled she wants to go to trial in this case.