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Post-Gazette: Corruption Case Defendants’ Attorneys Accuse Prosecutors Of Destroying Evidence

Attorneys for former House speaker John Perzel and seven co-defendants in a government corruption case are accusing prosecutors of misconduct for destroying investigation notes believed to show inconsistencies in witness statements.

Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Lewis is considering the defendants’ motion to dismiss all charges. He has not said when he will rule.

Mr. Perzel, formerly R-Philadelphia, and his co-defendants — including former state Rep. Brett O. Feese, R-Lycoming — are scheduled for trial in September on charges that they used tax dollars for political gain.

The case centers around accusations that House Republican lawmakers and aides used public money to buy millions of dollars’ worth of computer technology that they used for political campaigns between 2001 and 2007.

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