Jury gets the case in DeWeese corruption trial
HARRISBURG, Pa. - February 2, 2012 (WPVI) -- Jurors are deliberating the fate of a long-powerful Pennsylvania lawmaker accused of using state employees and other public resources for political campaigning.
The Dauphin County jury of seven women and five men began deliberations at midmorning Thursday, a day after lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments and state Rep. Bill DeWeese testified in his own defense.
DeWeese is the first sitting lawmaker to face trial as part of a broad investigation begun by the state attorney general's office in 2007.
The Greene County Democrat and one-time House speaker told the court he never ordered or bullied state workers into doing campaign work.
DeWeese's attorney says the lawmaker is a victim of subordinates to whom he delegated decision-making.
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