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DeWeese lawyers to press for appeal in court today

Written by The Associated Press | May 22, 2013 2:30 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Lawyers for former state Representative Bill DeWeese are due in court to make oral arguments on his appeal.

Three Superior Court judges will preside over today's hearing.

The former Greene County lawmaker contends procedural errors by judges and misconduct by prosecutors constitute grounds for overturning the jury's verdict or granting him a new trial.

The 63-year-old DeWeese is serving two-and-a-half to five years at Retreat State Prison in northeastern Pennsylvania for illegally using public employees and resources for political purposes.

The Democrat served in the House for 35 years, including two as speaker.

He was the only sitting legislator to stand trial in a state corruption probe that resulted in the arrests of 25 Democrats and Republicans connected to the House.

Most of them were convicted.

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