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Judge denies DeWeese request to delay prison term

| Friday, May 11, 2012, 1:24 p.m.
State Rep. Bill DeWeese, D-Greene County, speaks to the media after a Dauphin County jury convicted him of charges that he misused public resources by having his state-paid staff perform campaign work.
Dan Gleiter | The Patriot-News
State Rep. Bill DeWeese, D-Greene County, speaks to the media after a Dauphin County jury convicted him of charges that he misused public resources by having his state-paid staff perform campaign work. Dan Gleiter | The Patriot-News

HARRISBURG -- Former Democratic legislative leader Bill DeWeese has lost a bid for a postponement of his prison sentence for corruption.

Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover on Friday denied DeWeese's request to delay the start of his 2 12-to-five-year prison term until Hoover decides if he can remain free on bail while appealing his conviction. Hoover ordered the 62-year-old former Greene County lawmaker to surrender to the state Department of Corrections on Monday, as scheduled.

DeWeese served in the House for 35 years, including a two years as speaker. He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in his district and remains on the Nov. 6 general-election ballot.

A jury convicted him of conspiracy, conflict of interest and three counts of theft for using public resources for political purposes.

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