Breaking: State Rep. DeWeese Found Guilty on Five Counts

By: Geoffrey Middleberg, Assistant Editor

State Rep. Bill DeWeese from Greene County was found guilty on five of the six counts on which he was charged. Inquirer reporter Amy Worden who is in the courtroom tweeted: “Dauphin Co. jury finds Rep. DeWeese guilty on five counts of theft/criminal conspiracy, not guilty on one count.”

Initially, if state Rep. DeWeese had been found guilty on all counts, he could have faced 40 years in prison but it is unclear how much time he will face for being found guilty on 5 out of 6 counts.

DeWeese, from Greene County was once Speaker of the state House. He has also served as House Majority Leader.

He is most well known for his floor speeches in which he is known to be not only tough but verbose as well.

DeWeese was indicted in December of 2009 by then Attorney General Tom Corbett.

The charges were conflict of interest, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft of services, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and criminal conspiracy to commit conflict of interest and/or theft. These charges are related to the Bonusgate scandal.

3 Responses

  1. Don’t forget former Rep. Matt Wright from Bucks. Corbett flatly refused to investigate, even though he was employing his own child and using his state office as a campaign office. The Ethics Committee ended up fining him $10,000 for all his violations and yet nothing from the AG Corbett.

  2. Does anyone really believe that the Republicans in PA are any better? Here in Bucks, I would guess if McIlhinney, Tomlinson, Farry, Petri, etc. were all properly investigated, they would share a cell next to DeWeese.

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