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HARRISBURG -- A Dauphin County judge this morning denied bail for former state Rep. Bill DeWeese, who was expected to return to state prison this afternoon.

DeWeese, 62, last week began his two-and-a-half to five-year prison sentence for charges that he directed state employees to campaign using public resources. But the state Superior Court on Friday evening allowed him to be released because Judge Todd Hoover had not ruled on a request that DeWeese be let out on bail while appealing his conviction.

Judge Hoover ruled against the bail request this morning. DeWeese's attorney, William Costopoulos, said the ex-Waynesburg Democratic lawmaker would surrender himself at the state prison in Camp Hill, Cumberland County, today.

"He has been notified of Judge Hoover's order, and will continue to comply with all lawful court orders," Mr. Costopoulos said.

The attorney said his client plans to appeal the ruling. He remains on the fall general election ballot for his former legislative seat, despite having to resign as a result of his felony conviction.

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Harrisburg Bureau Chief Laura Olson: lolson@post-gazette.com or 717-787-4254.


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