Philly DA charges 3 more state lawmakers in lobbyist probe

Left to right: Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee and former Rep. Harold James.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Three more lawmakers from Philadelphia have been charged in an influence-peddling probe once dropped by the state’s top prosecutor.

Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee and former Rep. Harold James have surrendered Tuesday in Harrisburg to face conspiracy, bribery and other charges.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says they took between $750 and $2,000 from a lobbyist in exchange for favors.

He says Bishop agreed to “stack” the liquor control committee to fight for privatization.

Williams says Brownlee and James have acknowledged wrongdoing.

Six people have now been charged in an investigation once abandoned by Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Democratic representatives Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown of Philadelphia have also been charged while ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes has pleaded guilty in the case.

 

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