Judge mulls witnesses in Philly lawmaker’s bid to dismiss charges

 A judge is deciding who must testify in response to Pennsylvania Rep. Louise Bishop’s motion to dismiss criminal charges against her stemming from an undercover sting that her lawyer says only targeted minorities.

Dauphin County Judge Scott Evans didn’t say when he would rule following Friday’s hearing.Prosecutors want Evans to dismiss subpoenas by Bishop’s lawyer seeking testimony from an agent and prosecutors who oversaw the case. They say grand jurors investigated the claim of racial targeting and found none.

Bishop of Philadelphia is charged with bribery and conflict of interest in the cash-for-favors sting. Her lawyer Charles Peruto says she’s innocent. Peruto also wants testimony from the undercover informant in the case and top officials from the attorney general’s office.

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