Pa. Ex-Speaker to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 09:42 AM

 

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A former Pennsylvania House Speaker plans to plead guilty in a state corruption case.

John Perzel is scheduled to change his pleas from innocent to guilty at a hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday. That's according to an order issued Tuesday by Dauphin County court. The order does not specify which charges Perzel will plead guilty to.

Prosecutors have described the Philadelphia Republican as the architect of a scheme to illegally use millions of dollars' worth of taxpayer-financed computer technology to gain an edge in political campaigns.

The 61-year-old Perzel faces 82 counts that include theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.

Eric Ruth, a former House GOP technology office employee, is also scheduled to plead guilty. Ruth's lawyer says his pleas will be to conspiracy and conflict of interest.

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