HARRISBURG - A jury yesterday convicted state Rep. Bill DeWeese on all but one of six charges in the latest corruption trial stemming from a five-year investigation into the use by state legislators of taxpayers' resources for political purposes.
DeWeese, 61, was convicted of felony counts of conspiracy, of conflict of interest and of three counts of theft. The Dauphin County jury acquitted him of one other theft count.
The verdict, reached early on the third day of deliberations, struck a grave blow to the 35-year career of the former floor leader, who also once served as House speaker.
DeWeese said that he intended to keep his House seat - despite a constitutional provision interpreted to bar any felon from serving in public office - and continue his re-election campaign in his southwestern Pennsylvania district.