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DeWeese poised to go free

Published by James O'Toole on .

Karen Langley has the story on one more of of our former House Speakers poised to be sprung from the big house:

HARRISBURG — Bill DeWeese, a onetime Pennsylvania House speaker who was found to have used state employees for political purposes, could leave prison as early as today.

After 22 1/2 months, the Greene County Democrat is eligible for parole, though reporting requirements mean his release could be delayed until Sunday, said William Costopoulos, his attorney.

"The indications are there he's going to be getting out sometime this weekend," Mr. Costopoulos said.

DeWeese, 63, was convicted in 2012 on corruptions charges that included theft, conflict of interest and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he compelled legislative workers to campaign, using more than $100,000 of staff time and other state resources for his political benefit.

He was sentenced in April of that year and resigned from the seat he had held since 1976.

 

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