Convicted lawmaker still on Tuesday ballot for Pa. House

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Philadelphia, was convicted Wednesday of violating state conflict of interest laws and accepting bribes. Even so, her name remains on the Tuesday ballot for re-election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Philadelphia, was convicted Wednesday of violating state conflict of interest laws and accepting bribes. Even so, her name remains on the Tuesday ballot for re-election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The name of a Pennsylvania state representative convicted of criminal charges remains on Tuesday’s ballot, making it theoretically possible that she could win re-election.

Vanessa Lowery Brown, a Philadelphia Democrat, was convicted Wednesday of violating state conflict of interest laws and accepting bribes. In order to end her bid, she would have to request that her name be removed from the ballot.

“The nominee would have to ask the court if she could be removed from the ballot,” said City Commissioner Lisa Deeley. “And it would have to go to Commonwealth Court, and, in all likelihood, the court would ask the Department of State if it was possible. And they would likely respond, on our behalf, that we could not physically remove her at this late juncture.”

If Brown should win, she could remain in office until she is sentenced. Once sentenced, she would be removed from office.

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