Pa. investigation into political corruption nets 3 more

    Pennsylvania state Representative Bill DeWeese, former Revenue Secretary Steve Stetler and legislative aide Sharon Rodavich are free on bail after appearing before a Dauphin County judge this morning.

    Pennsylvania State Representative Bill DeWeese, former Revenue Secretary Steve Stetler and legislative aide Sharon Rodavich are free on bail after appearing before a Dauphin County judge this morning.
    Caption: Former State Revenue Secretary Steve Stetler.

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    All three defendants showed up at the courthouse more than an hour ahead of schedule, in order to avoid being paraded before reporters in handcuffs.

    DeWeese made a lengthy statement after his arraignment, but Stetler left the building without commenting.

    But Stetler’s lawyer, Josh Lock, questioned Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett’s motives.

    Lock: I’m curious about why my client received a solicitation for campaign funds from Mr. Corbett during the time that he was under investigation by Mr. Corbett’s grand jury.

    Lock’s letter was allegedly from 2008, when Corbett was running for re-election as Attorney General.

    Corbett’s spokesman, Kevin Harley, said he has no reaction to Lock’s statement, and questioned its veracity.

    All three defendants were released on $50,000 in unsecured bond. No money is required upfront but should the terms of the bail be violated the defendant would owe the full amount.

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