Pa. Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal by DeWeese

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Former state Rep. Bill De-Weese has lost another round in his bid for a new trial on corruption charges.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused Tuesday to consider DeWeese's appeal of a ruling against him by a three-judge Superior Court panel in August.

DeWeese, 63, is serving at least 2½ years in prison for using public employees and taxpayer resources for political purposes.

The lower court said the trial record showed that DeWeese stole taxpayer-provided services worth more than $100,000 and rejected his claim that the trial judge abused his discretion at sentencing.

DeWeese, a former Greene County lawmaker, represented his southwestern Pennsylvania district for 35 years, serving much of his tenure in Democratic leadership, including a stint as House speaker.

His attorney could not be reached Wednesday.


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