DA seeks court re­moval of law­maker con­victed of bribery

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER - By Mark Scolforo

HARRISBURG, PA. >> A county pros­e­cu­tor asked a Penn­syl­va­nia judge Fri­day to eject a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive from of­fice, one week af­ter she was sen­tenced to pro­ba­tion in a bribery case.

Dauphin County District At­tor­ney Fran Chardo filed a civil suit that seeks the re­moval of state Rep. Vanessa Low­ery Brown of Philadel­phia.

Low­ery Brown, 52, was con­victed in Oc­to­ber of tak­ing $4,000 in bribes from a con­fi­den­tial in­for­mant. A week later, the Demo­crat was un­op­posed and re-elected to a sixth term.

Her felony bribery con­vic­tion bars her from serv­ing un­der the state con­sti­tu­tion, and of­fi­cials have pre­dicted that her fel­low law­mak­ers will not seat her if she at­tempts to be sworn in next month for the com­ing two-year term.

Her lawyer did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to mes­sages seek­ing com­ment, and the man an­swer­ing the phone at her west Philadel­phia district of­fice said he was not able to con­tact her.

“By fail­ing to re­sign her seat, (the) de­fen­dant is flaunt­ing this court’s judg­ment of sen­tence and re­quir­ing the com­mon­wealth to ex­pend ad­di­tional re­sources to com­pel her to do what con­cern for pub­lic re­sources and re­spect for the con­sti­tu­tion of this com­mon­wealth both de­manded that she would have done vol­un­tar­ily,” deputy pros­e­cu­tor Mike Sprow wrote in a com­pan­ion fil­ing to Judge Scott Evans.

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