ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Phila.190th)
By Mark Scolforo
A Pennsylvania state lawmaker faces the possibility of prison time after being found guilty of charges she accepted $4,000 in cash from an undercover informant seven years ago.
A Harrisburg jury on Wednesday found Philadelphia Democratic Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown guilty of bribery, five counts of conflict of interest and failing to properly file a financial disclosure form.
The verdict follows guilty or no contest pleas by four other former Philadelphia state lawmakers and a former traffic judge in the city for taking cash or gifts from informant Tyron Ali.
The cases were brought by prosecutors in Philadelphia and Harrisburg after then-state Attorney General Kathleen Kane abandoned the investigation after concluding it improperly targeted Black officials.
Brown’s lawyer calls it a “classic case of government overreach” and vows to appeal.