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GOP challenge to DeWeese petitions

Published by Laura Olson on .

Bill DeWeese may be heading back to court.

The recently convicted lawmaker from Greene County has forged ahead with re-election plans concurrent to his appeal preparations. And despite the scheduling of his sentencing for April 24 -- primary election day -- he's the only Democrat to file petitions for his district.

The latest filings on the Department of State website show that his ballot petitions now are being challenged. The petitioner, listed as Travis P. Barkley, appears to be a 30-year-old U.S. Marine who waged an unsuccessful bid last year for Greene County Commissioner on the GOP ticket.

Someone under the same name also wrote this scathing letter to the editor of the Washington Observer-Reporter after DeWeese's conviction.

DeWeese said after his trial concluded that he will continue his election bid, and will urge the court to act expediently in considering an appeal.

He's also suggested that he may ask the judge to push back his sentencing. He can continue to sit in the General Assembly until his sentencing, at which time he also will lose his state pension.

A hearing on his petition challenge is scheduled for Wednesday in the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg.

 

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