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By James Roxbury
Monday June 01, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Pa State Rep. Ronald Waters pled guilty in Harrisburg today.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer.

HARRISBURG - A current member and former member of the state House of Representatives pleaded guilty Monday to corruption charges, bringing to three the number of Philadelphia Democrats convicted in the resurrected "sting" case.

State Rep. Ronald Waters, 65, and former Rep. Harold James, 72, accepted deals that spared them prison and meant they could keep their government pensions.


Archive March 10, 2015.

Pa state representatives Louise Williams Bishop, Michelle Brownlee, and retired state representative Harold James were charged with accecpting cash payments from a confidential informant.

The thee defendants were released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Bishop, Brownlee, and James exit court.

Read the charges. Criminal charges and grand jury testimony.

Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to announce charges against State Reos. Vanessa Lowery Brown and Ronald G. Waters. ________________________________

Archive published March 17,2014.

The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus held a Black History Celebration in the media center of the capitol building Tuesday afternoon March 17th.

The event was hosted by PLBC Chairwomen Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown of the 190 legislative district.

Video from Tuesday's event, Rep. Vanessa Brown.

Don't believe what you see out there, this is the truth, what you see right here today.

Rep. Ronald Waters.

Philly's well represented here.

Also appearing on stage were Rep. Brownlee and Rep. J P Miranda.

Rep. Miranda was charged with political corruptions in late January.


From our archives.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane press event Monday March 16, 2014.

Attorney General Kane.

Opening statement.

Attorney General Kane.

I don't take kindly to baseless allegations. Politics is a dirty business.


What do you think should happen to the five people who took gifts.

I think public corruption really is discussing, it turns my stomach,.

Was this just a rouge example of a case gone badly.

This case was done very poorly.

Allegedly targeting black legislators.

We have two independent sources, who reported it to two independent law enforcement agencies .

Did the Enquirer capture the full scope of the investigation.

I'm not here to bash a newspaper, I'm here to bash the anonymous sources.

A reach out to the feds and DA Marsico.

This case was almost dead 18 months before I took office.

A claim of race.

Focus on the Black Caucus. I've not raised a claim of race.

Why not start from scratch.

You can't pretend it didn't happen, you can't do a do over, you can't call a mulligan.

What were the barriers in trying this case.

The credibility of the confidential informant (CI) was completely shot.

Do you believe a crime occurred on the audio tapes.

I believe that we have evidence that certain legislators were taking money, and that's a crime.


Archive publisher Thursday April 10, 2014.

Pa AG Kathleen Kane held a 5pm press event to discuss the unsealing of court documents related to the Philadelphia sting operation.

Q - Who directed the racial targeting.

During an exit interview with case agent Claude Thomas, he indicated two important factors, one is that he expected to have a promotion and to be compensated for the job that he did on that case. The second element was "he said that he was directed to focus only on the black caucus".

Adrian King.

One thing you don't have which you will need is the transcript of the March 20th hearing .

Dropping 2088 charges against the CI (Tyron Ali).

The CI filed a motion to force us to honor that plea agreement that was entered into between he, his attorney and Frank Fina on November 30, 2012.

Who decided it was valid, your office or the judge.

The law.

Adrian King on being approached by a recently retired high ranking FBI official on March 8, 2013.

"I needed to be on the lookout for this case, that it was a mess".

The problem here is that this case has grown larger by the month, literary your reputation is on the line. Why would fellow government prosecutors not come forward and say she's right.

video:7393:Two things, federal authorities hardly ever comment. Quite honestly it doesn't matter what the DA from Philadelphia says.:

Can you talk about your use of the word predication.

Helps to ensure that prosecutors and government agencies are not running around trying to entice people to commit crimes.

A formal position by the US Attorney's office in Philadelphia.

The semantics of formal or informal.

Q - Are you going forward with any litigation against anybody involved leaking or reporting the story.

Leaks are a substantial violation of the law.

Q - Was Ali an undercover agent for another law enforcement agency.

You need to read the transcript.

Q - A conflict related to Daniel D. McCaffery.

I have to decide my own conflict.

Kathleen Kane.

I have thick skin, I can take the criticism.

Q - Did Ali play the attorney generals office.

Look seriously at the cooperation agreement.

Photo/Natalie Cake file.



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