Convicted Ex-Pa. Speaker Says Due Process Rights Were Denied

Law360, Philadelphia (December 19, 2012, 4:28 PM ET) -- Former Pennsylvania House Speaker Bill DeWeese, who was found guilty on corruption charges in February, asked a state appeals court Tuesday to overturn his conviction on grounds that a trial court judge denied him his due process rights.

In a brief filed in Pennsylvania Superior Court, DeWeese — a Greene County Democrat who is serving between two-and-a-half and five years in state prison on charges that directed his legislative staff to do political work on state time — argued that a trial court judge severely hobbled...
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