AP: Pa. Rep Says He'll Resign When Sentenced

Published February 8, 2012 5:45PM (EST)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania lawmaker who's been convicted on corruption charges says he'll step down when he is sentenced, but he's hoping to delay the proceeding so he can run for re-election.

Rep. Bill DeWeese told The Associated Press on Wednesday he will resign upon sentencing, now scheduled for April 24 — primary election day.

The long-time House Democratic leader says he will seek to have his sentencing postponed until after the November general election so he can remain in the Legislature while he campaigns for re-election.

The southwestern Pennsylvania lawmaker said previously he intended to retain his seat.

The 35-year House veteran was convicted Monday on five charges relating to allegations that he required taxpayer-paid staff members to work on his election campaigns as part of their jobs.

By Salon Staff

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