2010-04-22 / Local & State

Deweese, Orie Argue Pa.’S Conflict-Of- Interest Law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A lawyer who represents two indicted state lawmakers says the state law that forms the basis of their criminal charges is unconstitutional.

Attorney Bill Costopoulos filed nearly identical motions in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg courthouses on Monday that seek the dismissal of public-corruption charges against Republican state Sen. Jane Orie and Democratic state Rep. Bill De- Weese.

Costopoulos argues Penn- sylvania’s conflict-of-interest law is too vague and shouldn’t be used to prosecute lawmakers for behavior that he says nearly every member of the General Assembly engages in.

Orie and DeWeese are facing separate charges for using public resources to wage political campaigns.

Phone messages weren’t immediately returned by spokesmen for the prosecutors.

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