PA Supreme Court turns down Bill DeWeese's appeal

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2013 11:02 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Former state Representative Bill DeWeese has lost another round in his bid for a new trial on corruption charges.

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

The 63-year-old DeWeese is serving at least two and a half years in prison for using public employees and taxpayer resources for political purposes. 

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

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

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