Capitol portraits now mention criminal convictions
HARRISBURG — Three former Pennsylvania state House speakers and one former Senate president pro tempore each have new information on the plaques beneath their official portraits hanging in the Capitol's corridors: details about their criminal convictions.
The new plaques were hung Tuesday.
Aides to House Speaker Sam Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati say they ordered the new plaques to respond to criticism from lawmakers that the portraits of convicted former House and Senate leaders should not be displayed.
The lawmakers are former House speakers John Perzel, Bill DeWeese and Herbert Fineman, and former Senate president pro tempore Robert Mellow. Mellow and Perzel last served in 2010, DeWeese in 2012 and Fineman in 1977.
DeWeese was found guilty of three counts of theft, one count of conflict of interest and one count of conspiracy in February 2012.
All four went to prison on corruption-related charges.
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