Philadelphia state lawmaker to seek dismissal of DA's charges in sting

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2015 2:45 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Lawyers for Philadelphia state Representative Louise Bishop will be in court seeking to dismiss charges against her stemming from promises of cash and gifts for official favors by an undercover informant posing as a lobbyist. 

Today's hearing before Dauphin County Judge Scott Evans is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. 

Bishop is accused of accepting $1,500 from the informant and agreeing to "stack'' a liquor control committee to help push legislation to privatize the state-controlled system on behalf of the informant's phantom client.

She was charged March 10.

Her lawyers want the charges dismissed because of what they say are inexcusable delays in the case and allegations by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane that state investigators targeted minorities without cause. 

The charges are among those filed by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams after Kane's office dropped the case.  

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