Former state House aide sues over corruption arrest

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 15, 2013 4:16 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A former Pennsylvania House Republican legislative aide is suing Gov. Tom Corbett and others for what he claims was malicious prosecution during an investigation into misuse of government resources for political campaigns.

John Zimmerman filed the federal lawsuit Thursday. He says he was unfairly portrayed as a criminal after charges were filed against him in 2009. They were dropped two years later.

Zimmerman claims he was charged to prevent him from being a witness to help other defendants, to retaliate against him for supporting former House Speaker John Perzel and to balance the number of Republicans and Democrats being prosecuted.

Other defendants in the lawsuit are former Attorney General Linda Kelly, three prosecutors and two investigators.

An aide to Corbett and a spokesman for the attorney general's office declined comment.

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