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August 24, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Dauphin County Court judge on Thursday rejected former State Rep. Bill DeWeese's bid for a new trial on corruption charges. Todd Hoover's ruling clears the way for DeWeese's lawyers to appeal his conviction to Superior Court. The judge defended several trial rulings that DeWeese cited as justification for a new trial. He also turned down a motion to modify DeWeese's 21/2- to five-year prison sentence. DeWeese, 62, a Greene County Democrat, is incarcerated at Retreat state prison near Wilkes-Barre.
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rejecting the prosecution's case as "an unconvincing web of circumstantial evidence," a federal judge on Friday found former New Jersey State Sen. Wayne Bryant not guilty of corruption charges tied to a series of billion-dollar development projects proposed in Camden County and North Jersey. Prosecutors had argued that Bryant, a once-powerful Camden County Democrat, took bribes disguised as legal fees to do the bidding of a North Carolina developer that in 2004 had projects planned in the Cramer Hill section of Camden, on Petty's Island in Pennsauken, and in the Meadowlands.
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
The Yeadon council president has been charged with bribery and theft related to his position as a municipal official. John D. Holden was arrested and arraigned yesterday in district court in Delaware County, according to court documents. Holden, 46, was released on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was set for August 17 before Judge W. Keith Williams II. Details of the accusations were not released as of this morning. Check back for more developments. Holden has been a member of council since 2009.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Julie Shaw and Daily News Staff Writer
Kerri Bizzell, a former Philadelphia Housing Authority manager, and her defense attorney on Wednesday blamed the PHA's culture of corruption for Bizzell's past criminal behavior in which she extorted $25,000 from two contractors. "Ms. Bizzell learned her behavior from those people who were in more senior positions than she," her federal defender, Elizabeth Toplin, told U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg at Bizzell's sentencing hearing. Bizzell, 43, said she was transferred from the construction department to her position managing contracts after she had an affair with "an executive" at the PHA. The affair began the downward spiral of her marriage and the executive became insulted, she said.
NEWS
July 29, 2012 | By Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is under pressure from the international community to do more to battle corruption, has issued an ambitious list of government reforms that orders his ministries, prosecutors, and judiciary to fight bribery, nepotism, and cronyism. Karzai's 23-page decree also instructs officials to clear the attorney general's office and the courts of languishing corruption-related cases and do more than talk about bringing crooked figures to justice.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | By Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is under pressure from the international community to do more to battle corruption, has issued an ambitious list of government reforms that orders his ministries, prosecutors, and judiciary to fight bribery, nepotism, and cronyism. Karzai's 23-page decree also instructs officials to clear the attorney general's office and the courts of languishing corruption-related cases and do more than talk about bringing crooked figures to justice.
NEWS
July 17, 2012 | By Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya - A scathing report written for the U.N. Security Council says that systematic misappropriation, embezzlement, and outright theft of taxpayer funds have become a system of governance in Somalia. The nearly 200-page report lists numerous examples of money intended for Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) going missing, saying that for every $10 received, $7 never made it into state coffers. The report, written by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea and obtained Monday by the Associated Press, says government revenues aren't even clear: The Ministry of Finance reported revenues of $72 million in fiscal year 2011, while the accountant general reported revenues of $55 million.
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Peter Jackson, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - A former state representative and Pennsylvania revenue secretary was convicted of corruption Wednesday in what could be the final trial from a five-year-old state investigation. A Dauphin County Court jury found Stephen Stetler guilty on six felony counts stemming from his alleged participation in a scheme to use public employees to do illegal campaign work. His case was the last of 25 defendants in the state attorney general's legislative corruption probe to be resolved.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Frank Kummer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Hatboro-Horsham High School cross-country coach is charged with corrupting a minor after allegedly plying a 17-year-old girl with alcohol multiple times, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. William Ryan Lichtner, 24, of Ambler, also faces a charge of supplying liquor to a minor while he was the girl's coach. The girl, a senior, told a guidance counselor on May 24 that Lichtner had supplied her with alcohol, according to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Allen M. Hornblum
A century after the journalist Lincoln Steffens attached the embarrassing epithet "corrupt and contented" to the City of Brotherly Love, we have not only failed to clean up our act; we seem to have successfully exported our crooked style of governance to the rest of the commonwealth.   The recent sentencing of former State Sen. Jane Orie to 2½ to 10 years in prison is another sad addition to the record of one of the most criminally prosecuted legislatures in America. The fact that our government is sending more of its members to prison than most Mafia families should not be blithely disregarded as trivial.
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