More charges filed against lawmakers from Philly in ongoing corruption case

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 Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announces charges against three current and former state lawmakers from Philadelphia. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announces charges against three current and former state lawmakers from Philadelphia. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A sting operation has resulted in grand jury presentment and criminal charges against three more current and former Pennsylvania lawmakers from Philadelphia.

State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee, along with former Rep. Harold James, have been charged with bribery, conspiracy and related offenses in connection with accepting money for promised political actions. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said all three are captured on tape taking the money. “Harold James accepted $750.  Representative Louise Williams accepted $1,500 in cash, and Brownlee $2,000,” he said Tuesday. The DA says James and Brownlee admitted accepting the cash when they appeared before the Grand Jury, Williams said. 

Williams Bishop continues to deny the allegations, despite more than a dozen videotaped encounters between her and a government informant that were presented to the grand jury.

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