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DA seeks court removal of lawmaker convicted of bribery

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State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown D-Philadelphia sits at her desk Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) — A county prosecutor is asking a Pennsylvania judge to remove a state representative from office, one week after she was sentenced to probation in a bribery case.

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo filed a civil suit Friday that seeks the removal of Democratic Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown of Philadelphia.

She was convicted in October of taking $4,000 in bribes from a confidential informant.

She was unopposed and re-elected in last month’s balloting.

Chardo says Lowery Brown earlier this week tried to sponsor a legislative resolution.

The 52-year-old Lowery Brown’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The person answering the phone at her Philadelphia district office wasn’t able to contact her, and a spokesman for the House Democratic caucus says she hasn’t stepped down.

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