Over the past decade especially, state government has been plagued by scandal after scandal. Not one but two former Speakers of the Pa. House have served jail time. The latest was Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who was found guilty on charges of corruption in February.
Bumsted is one of Harrisburg’s most respected reporters.
‘Keystone Corruption’ is available September 9 and available for preorder on Amazon now.
It’s Bumsted’s second book. He co-wrote with William C. Costopoulos ‘Murder Is the Charge: The True Story of Mayor Charlie Robertson and the York, Pennsylvania, Riots’ in 2004.
Here’s the official description:
Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider s View of a State Gone Wrong traces the cyclical nature of misconduct in Pennsylvania government over the course of the last hundred years. Most of the book focuses on corruption since the 1970s, when the author had a front-row seat during the unprecedented scandals of 2007 through 2012.
Bumsted witnessed the prosecutions of current and former lawmakers for the theft of some $14 million in taxes, and he provides an insightful analysis of the rise and fall of several of Pennsylvania s most colorful political characters, including Boies Penrose, Matt Quay, R. Budd Dwyer, John Perzel, William DeWeese, Al Benedict, Ernie Preate, Jeffrey Habay, Vincent Fumo, Mike Veon, Michael Manzo and state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.
When it came to crimes from Bonusgate to Computergate and the Big caper Bumsted tracked the case at every turn.