Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stetler, DeWeese Arraigned

A long-time Pennsylvania House leader and a former lawmaker, who served in Governor Ed Rendell's Cabinet, are free on bail after being arraigned this morning in Dauphin County Court on corruptions charges. Representative Bill DeWeese, former Representative Steven Stetler, who resigned yesterday as Revenue Secretary, and DeWeese aide Sharon Rodavich are charged with theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.
DeWeese is charged with using his legislative staff to do campaign work and fundraising for him while on the public's dime. Stetler is accused of ordering legislative staffers to conduct opposition research for political campaigns. Attorney General Tom Corbett says he's frustrated that so many politicians broke the law....
"Why don’t these people understand that there has to be a separation from the politics and the office? That you have to have a campaign operation and you have to have an office operation.

DeWeese released a statement saying he's disappointed with the charges and that he cooperated in the investigation and has "taken steps to change the culture of the (House Democratic) caucus."
Photos: Top: Steven Stetler; bottom: Bill DeWeese

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