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Brad Bumsted is a state Capitol reporter for the Trib. Brad Bumsted can be reached via e-mail or at 717-787-1405

State police could take legislative sting evidence to Philly DA

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State police Commissioner Frank Noonan has agreed to accept evidence in a legislative sting case -- if Attorney General Kathleen Kane provides it -- and forward it to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a spokeswoman said on Monday. …

Pennsylvania sting scouted private liquor store sites

By Brad Bumsted
PHILADELPHIA — A Trinidad liquor producer sought to sell rum in Pennsylvania’s state-owned booze stores. Another company, thinking lawmakers might privatize the state stores, wanted to secure private retail licenses. These fictitious entities were represented by an undercover informant posing …

Legislative sting’s scope in Pennsylvania broad, diverse

By Brad Bumsted
PHILADELPHIA — A legislative sting operation was much broader than originally described, and the undercover informant who recorded many conversations reached out to a racially diverse group of Democratic and Republican state lawmakers, lobbyists and city officials, according to sources …

Defense lawyers in turnpike case invoke ‘Kane Doctrine’ on quid pro quo

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Defense lawyers in a turnpike corruption case on Tuesday tried to turn Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s reason for aborting a legislative corruption probe …

Business coalition floats plan to sell Pa. liquor stores

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Business groups, including drugstores, groceries and some beer distributors are asking lawmakers to approve the sale of Pennsylvania’s state stores and enact full-scale liquor privatization by June 30. A projected state deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars …

Stings targeting elected officials raise ethical issues

By Adam Smeltz  and Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — W. Carl Weddington had a price. With campaign contributions and lavish trips, supporters paid the onetime Ohio lawmaker to introduce legislation on their …

Judge agrees to unseal court case in failed sting against Pa. lawmakers

By Brad Bumsted  and Adam Smeltz
HARRISBURG — At least 12 legislators, lobbyists and a former traffic court judge took cash or meals and drinks from an undercover informant who typically …

Informant in closed corruption case spent freely, AG says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — An undercover informant in a failed legislative sting paid for cigars, booze, high-end dinners, had a “safe house” in nearby Steelton and ran up tabs at two of the capital city’s top hotels, according to a report by …

Government watchdog Stilp files criminal complaints against 3 Pennsylvania lawmakers

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Citizen activist Gene Stilp on Tuesday filed private criminal complaints against three legislators who took cash from an undercover informant for the Attorney …

Records reveal could unravel ‘naked corruption’ scandal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A Dauphin County judge could unseal court documents this week that might shed light on a failed prosecution of four Philadelphia lawmakers, including whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane killed the case when retrieving it from federal authorities. Kane’s …

Kane supports Trib’s request to open court records in sting operation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane will file court papers in support of the Tribune-Review’s request to open sealed records from a sting operation against …