February 11, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Brett Feese, a one-time local prosecutor who became a rising Republican star in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in state prison and fined $25,000 for his role in a state corruption scandal. Dauphin County Court Judge Richard Lewis also ordered the former Lycoming County lawmaker to pay $1 million in restitution and serve two years of probation. Feese, 57, was among 25 people connected to the House GOP and Democratic caucuses who were arrested after a five-year investigation of the legislature by the state Attorney General's Office.
January 11, 2012
An appeals court says a former Pennsylvania judge convicted in the "kids for cash" corruption scandal is entitled to taxpayer funding of his appeal. Two judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled Monday that former Luzerne County Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. is indigent and entitled to court-appointed legal counsel. The former Juvenile Court judge was sentenced last year to 28 years in prison following his racketeering conviction.
November 29, 2011 |
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Kuwait's ruler accepted the resignation of the country's scandal-battered government Monday, but then immediately directed it to remain in office as a caretaker cabinet, a slap at opposition groups seeking to bring down the prime minister over a corruption scandal. The boomerang political tactics by Kuwait's leadership could deepen tensions in the oil-rich nation, where a broad coalition ranging from Islamists to liberals is pressing for changes from the government, at a time when the United States is considering posting thousands of troops there after its year-end pullout from Iraq.
June 30, 2010 |
A former Camden police officer admitted Tuesday that he planted drugs, made false arrests, and lied on reports as part of a rogue police operation that has compromised narcotics arrests spanning more than two years. Jason Stetser, 32, of Waterford Township, appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden, where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive others of their civil rights. He is the second of five suspected officers to plead guilty to running the citywide operation from May 2007 to October 2009.
February 18, 2010 |
Jerman Russ has been cleared in one of the two drug cases that landed him in state prison. The charges against him - holding 148 gray-tinted, heat-sealed plastic bags of crack cocaine - were thrown out. His guilty plea was canceled in the eyes of the law. The order, signed by Camden County Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Brown on Jan. 5, included this word: Dismissed. That's a development Russ would like to have known about. "I haven't heard from anybody but y'all," Russ, 23, of Camden, said last week in an interview at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Burlington County.
January 7, 2010 |
Seven former high-level legislative aides, including two married couples, pleaded guilty yesterday in the political corruption scheme known as Bonusgate. One by one, they appeared before Dauphin County Court President Judge Richard A. Lewis and admitted their role in the bonus-for-campaigning scandal that has snared two dozen people and engulfed the Capitol for three years. For prosecutors, the guilty pleas line up what could be a potent list of government witness scheduled to testify in two weeks when former State Rep. Mike Veon (D., Beaver)
December 11, 2009 |
A former western Pennsylvania legislator was acquitted of all charges yesterday in the first jury trial stemming from the corruption scandal known as Bonusgate. The jurors deliberated for only about 2 1/2 hours before finding former State Rep. Sean Ramaley not guilty of six counts of theft, conflict of interest, and conspiracy. Ramaley, 34, who was accused of taking a no-work legislative job in 2004 in a scheme that had the public pay him to run for office, showed no emotion as the forewoman read the not-guilty verdicts.
December 5, 2009 |
Sean Ramaley was a fresh-faced law school graduate eager to learn politics when he landed a job in 2004 as a legislative aide to then-Democratic power broker Rep. Mike Veon. He showed up to work every day and, on his own time, successfully campaigned for a seat in the state House from Beaver County, Ramaley's attorney told a jury yesterday as the first trial in the Bonusgate public corruption scandal got under way. "Nobody was slighted. Your tax dollars weren't taken from you," defense lawyer Philip Ignelzi said.
October 27, 2009 |
In another year, Democratic challengers in the predominantly coastal Ninth Legislative District might have a tough time convincing residents to switch allegiance in Tuesday's election of two state assembly members. But the GOP stronghold, which includes southern Ocean County and small portions of Burlington and Atlantic Counties, was rocked this summer when Republican Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, of Ocean Township, was arrested in a massive federal corruption sting that also netted 43 others.
May 15, 2009 |
Public perception of the judiciary has again emerged as a central issue in the statewide judicial campaigns, this time in the primary race to fill a single vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. With a high-profile judicial-corruption case in Luzerne County fresh on voters' minds and questions about the length of time it took the Supreme Court to respond to issues raised by the case, candidates for the highest court are pledging to restore integrity to the bench. This year, three Republicans - Superior Court Judges Joan Orie Melvin and Cheryl Allen and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto - and one Democrat, Superior Court Judge Jack Panella, seek election to the Supreme Court.