2012-02-02 / Local & State

Defense Opens Its Case In Pa. Corruption Trial

By Peter Jackson

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A lawyer hired to represent Pennsylvania House Democrats in the early stages of a state corruption probe says long-time floor leader Bill DeWeese took decisive steps to root out illegal activity and enforce ethics rules.

William Chadwick, a former Pennsylvania inspector general whose law firm is based in Washington, testified Monday at DeWeese's corruption trial the highranking lawmaker terminated all the top staffers in the caucus in late 2007 based on evidence that they broke the law.

Chadwick says DeWeese also ordered an overhaul of ethics rules and instituted a training program to ensure legislative employees understood they could not do campaign tasks during the work day unless they were on authorized leave.

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