Lawmaker charged in cash-for-favors case gets trial delay

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Philadelphia state lawmaker charged with bribery and other counts in an undercover sting that targeted public officials is getting another trial delay.

Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown appeared Monday in Dauphin County court, but Judge Scott Evans postponed her case until Aug. 10 because she says she doesn’t have a lawyer. Brown declined comment afterward.

Her previous lawyer withdrew from the case last week. Philadelphia prosecutors say Brown signed an agreement to plead guilty but pulled out before she was to appear in court June 1.

Prosecutors have won guilty pleas from three former Philadelphia lawmakers and a former Philadelphia traffic court judge. All pleaded guilty to violating Pennsylvania’s conflict of interest law, a less serious charge than bribery. They didn’t receive jail time as a result.

Rep. Louise Bishop is fighting charges.

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