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17 Jul 2015

State Rep. Brown’s corruption trial set for next month

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July 17, 2015 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Vanessa Brown

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Rep. Vanessa Brown, the West Philadelphia legislator who abruptly abandoned plans to plead guilty to corruption charges, now faces trial next month.

Dauphin County Court Judge Scott Evans set Brown’s tentative trial date for Aug. 10.

During a brief appearance in court on Monday, the legislator said she no longer represented by an attorney and was finding a new one.

“You should have an attorney,” he told her.

Brown declined to comment before leaving the courthouse.

She is one of six city Democrats snared in a sting prosecution that was aborted by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and resurrected by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Two other defendants pleaded guilty in the case, including Reps. Ron Waters and Michelle Brownlee. who both resigned as part of their plea deals.

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