Ex-lawmaker convicted in Pa. corruption scandal

AP News

11/8/2011 1:24:45 PM - AP News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former high-ranking Republican Pennsylvania state lawmaker has been convicted in a scheme to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer money for campaign purposes.A jury found former Rep. Brett Feese guilty Tuesday on all counts for his role in a scheme to spend public money on consultants and use state employees to produce high-tech campaign tools.Former Feese aide Jill Seaman was also convicted on all charges.The jury deliberated for a week following five weeks of testimony.Feese is a former Lycoming County lawmaker who once chaired the House Republican Campaign Committee.He and Seaman were the first Republicans to stand trial among 25 people whom the state attorney general's office has arrested since it began investigating the Legislature in early 2007. Seven other Republican defendants have pleaded guilty.