Pennsylvania House GOP corruption trial could last eight weeks

    The judge in a state corruption case against people connected to the Pennsylvania state House Republicans says the trial could last eight weeks, according to an Associated Press report.

    Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis briefed prospective jurors Monday as jury selection began a week before the trial is scheduled to start.

    Defendants appearing in person were former Rep. Brett Feese of Lycoming County, former Feese aide Jill Seaman, and Brian Preski, a former aide to ex-Speaker John Perzel.

    Prosecutors have described Perzel as the architect of a scheme to illegally use taxpayer-financed computer technology to gain an edge in political campaigns.

    Perzel and four others charged in the case have pleaded guilty. Another defendant is being prosecuted separately. A 10th person charged, Al Bowman, is on a list of prospective prosecution witnesses.

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