Harrisburg District Attorney seeks removal of Philly state Rep. convicted of bribery

Tony Romeo
December 07, 2018 - 7:13 pm
Pennsylvania Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A week after she was sentenced for a bribery conviction, the Dauphin County District Attorney Friday took legal action to oust Philadelphia state Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown, who still hasn’t resigned her office. 

Pennsylvania constitutional law expert Bruce Ledewitz of Duquesne University says the state constitution is clear that Philadelphia Democrat Vanessa Lowery Brown is now ineligible to serve in the state House of Representatives. But removal from office was not part of her sentence, as it might have been.

“Article 2, section 7 is a judicial provision in the state constitution, and it is normally exercised by the judicial branch,” Ledewitz said.

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Earlier this past week, the prosecutor in the case said court action had not been initiated because it was anticipated that Brown would resign. But the Dauphin County DA has now filed a lawsuit seeking her removal. 

Brown was sentenced to probation and not prison but the DA is now also seeking to modify the sentence, claiming Brown continues to act as a legislator despite her ineligibility to serve.