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January 31, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - It was business as usual. Everyone did it. Working on politics during the legislative day was just a part of the daily grind in the state Capitol. And though State Rep. Bill DeWeese was the top House Democrat during much of the time it went on, he was merely "a figurehead," leaving the day-to-day legislative operations to others. So testified William G. Chadwick Jr., a former prosecutor and state inspector general, and the first witness called to the stand Monday morning to begin DeWeese's defense.
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August 12, 2012 | By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Former Pennsylvania House Speaker Bill DeWeese is ineligible to run for reelection in his old district because he is serving a prison sentence for public corruption convictions, a state judge ruled late Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said that DeWeese may not appear on the November ballot and that the Democratic Party was free to replace him. State party officials sought the ruling so that they could find someone to oppose Republican candidate Mark Fischer in November for the southwestern Pennsylvania seat.
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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.
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December 19, 2012 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Former State Rep. Bill DeWeese appealed his corruption conviction Tuesday, alleging judicial errors and prosecutorial misconduct. In the appeal, filed in Superior Court, DeWeese (D., Greene) contended that the trial judge erred by limiting the number of defense witnesses who testified and refusing to let his lawyer challenge a prosecution witness' credibility. He also said prosecutors committed misconduct at his preliminary hearing by selectively reading parts of his grand jury testimony.
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January 23, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer staff writer
HARRISBURG – He is nothing more than a common thief, prosecutors argued. He is a man framed by corrupt underlings, his defense attorney countered. Those were the two versions presented of Rep. Bill DeWeese, the onetime Democratic leader from Western Pennsylvania, at the start of his trial Monday morning in a Dauphin County courtroom just blocks away from the Capitol. DeWeese is charged with conspiracy and other crimes in the political corruption case stemming from the state Attorney General's Bonusgate investigation.
NEWS
October 13, 2008
Now that House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese (D., Greene) has been more clearly implicated in Harrisburg's bonus scandal, voters in his home district should have the good sense to do what his Democratic cronies are unwilling to do - toss him out. DeWeese's former chief of staff, Mike Manzo, sang loudly at a criminal court hearing last week. Manzo said he believed DeWeese knew that Manzo and other Democratic officials were rewarding staffers with cash bonuses for political work, courtesy of taxpayers.
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February 2, 2012
The jury in Rep. Bill DeWeese's political corruption trial deliberated for six hours Thursday before breaking for the day without a verdict. The jurors asked for evidence to be brought back to the deliberation room, including copies of the transcript of DeWeese's grand jury testimony. Dauphin County Court President Judge Todd A. Hoover denied that request but allowed them to review several boxes containing leave slips that legislative employees submitted when they conducted political work during legislative hours.
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February 5, 2010 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Longtime State Rep. Bill DeWeese says he will run for reelection this year even as he faces theft charges in the so-called Bonusgate scandal. In a statement yesterday, DeWeese did not mention those charges except to say, "Obviously in this election I am facing unprecedented challenges. But as a Marine and a longtime public servant, I am well prepared for the battle ahead. " On Dec. 15, state Attorney General Tom Corbett charged DeWeese, 59, with theft, conspiracy, and conflict of interest.
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February 3, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The jury in the corruption trial of State Rep. Bill DeWeese deliberated for a second full day Friday without reaching a verdict. The seven women and five men broke for the weekend after eight hours of deliberations and are scheduled to return Monday. The only public signal they gave was when, for the second time, they asked Dauphin County Court President Judge Todd A. Hoover if they could see specific pages from the transcript of DeWeese's testimony before the grand jury that ultimately recommended theft charges against him. Hoover for a second time denied the request, citing court rules that the judge said bar a jury from reviewing such testimony.
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March 30, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. - As state House speaker and Democratic leader, Bill DeWeese held forth many nights at Harrisburg's priciest restaurants, dining on prime rib and fine wine on a lobbyist's dime. On a recent afternoon, in a prison 120 miles from the Capitol, DeWeese carefully peeled a handful of spinach leaves from a container, savoring every bite. "I never get salad here," said DeWeese, now inmate KK-1888. Until his downfall in a 2012 corruption case, DeWeese was among the Capitol's most colorful characters and power brokers.
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February 27, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Pennsylvania House Speaker John M. Perzel, the Northeast Philadelphia legislator sent to prison for public corruption, is set to be paroled this week, earlier than his minimum sentence. Another former House speaker, H. William DeWeese, also sent to prison for his role in a separate corruption scandal, is scheduled for parole next month earlier than his minimum sentence. Perzel, 64, and DeWeese, 63, were eligible for reduced sentences under a program for nonviolent inmates who stay out of trouble while behind bars, said Sherry Tate, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
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August 13, 2013
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. - Sixty-three-year-old Bill DeWeese works out with Muslims from Philadelphia. "They're fired up and focused and extremely fit," he says. "I have a very intense workout schedule," he adds, including weight training, playing on a softball team and taking a "fitness-over-40" class three times a week. This is courtesy of taxpayers. It takes place in Retreat state prison, an old and isolated medium-security facility along the Susquehanna River behind fences and seven rows of razor wire just southwest of Wilkes-Barre.
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December 19, 2012 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Former State Rep. Bill DeWeese appealed his corruption conviction Tuesday, alleging judicial errors and prosecutorial misconduct. In the appeal, filed in Superior Court, DeWeese (D., Greene) contended that the trial judge erred by limiting the number of defense witnesses who testified and refusing to let his lawyer challenge a prosecution witness' credibility. He also said prosecutors committed misconduct at his preliminary hearing by selectively reading parts of his grand jury testimony.
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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.
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August 19, 2012 | Associated Press
RICES LANDING, Pa. - Pennsylvania Democrats have chosen a Southwestern Pennsylvania county commissioner to run for the state House seat that former Speaker Bill DeWeese vacated after his corruption conviction. The Democratic State Committee on Saturday chose Greene County Commissioner Pam Snyder to run in November for the 50th District House seat representing Greene, Fayette, and Washington Counties. Snyder, 56, a commissioner for nine years, was the unanimous choice of committee members meeting Saturday in Rices Landing, in the northeast corner of Greene County.
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August 12, 2012 | By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Former Pennsylvania House Speaker Bill DeWeese is ineligible to run for reelection in his old district because he is serving a prison sentence for public corruption convictions, a state judge ruled late Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said that DeWeese may not appear on the November ballot and that the Democratic Party was free to replace him. State party officials sought the ruling so that they could find someone to oppose Republican candidate Mark Fischer in November for the southwestern Pennsylvania seat.
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August 9, 2012 | By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Democratic Party told a state judge Wednesday that former House Speaker Bill DeWeese should be removed from the fall ballot so it can replace him with a candidate eligible to serve. The case before Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley arose after DeWeese, also a longtime Democratic floor leader, was sentenced to state prison on corruption charges in April on the same day that primary voters in his southwestern Pennsylvania district renominated him for another term.
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July 21, 2012
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to have Bill DeWeese - the disgraced former House speaker who is in prison for corruption - removed from the 2012 ballot so the party can replace him in time for the Nov. 6 election. The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, names DeWeese and Secretary of State Carol Aichele as defendants. DeWeese is serving a 21/2- to five-year prison term after being convicted of corruption, which bars him from serving in the legislature.
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June 15, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Bill DeWeese ought to do the right thing and ask that his name be removed from the November ballot for the state House seat he held for 36 years. But if he doesn't, someone should again challenge his preposterous candidacy in court.   It was bad enough that DeWeese ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on the same day that he was sentenced for his conviction on five felony charges involving his use of taxpayer-paid aides to do political campaign work. DeWeese got nearly 2,000 votes in the May 24 Democratic primary after collecting 1,304 signatures on a petition to keep him on that ballot.
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