Sunday, January 17, 2010

Oh It May Be Warmer Here But The Heat In Harrisburg Is Flaming!!

As the Brett Coptt Bonusgate trial is about to start a defense lawyer decided that loud and profane outbursts would get him top billing on the net...he was right.

By MARK SCOLFORO,Associated Press Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A defense lawyer in the Pennsylvania legislative corruption trial launched a loud and profane outburst against a state prosecutor in a Dauphin County courtroom Friday, shortly after a daylong pretrial hearing had ended.

Bryan Walk, who represents former House Democratic aide Brett Cott, accused Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Blessington of violating rules for lawyer conduct by encouraging one of Walk's other clients to hire a different lawyer.

Walk said the exchange began when Blessington came up to him and told Walk he should talk to that other client, but it drew attention among the 30 or so people in the courtroom when Walk told him loudly to "get out of my face."

"I don't know who the (expletive) you think you are," Walk said to him. Blessington's only visible reaction was to yawn widely.

Kevin Harley, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, said the accusation against Blessington was untrue.

"It appears that by attorney Walk's inappropriate outburst that he has an anger management problem," Harley said.

Michael Veon wants to tee-up Bill DeWeese as a witness in his trial which will start this week barring a negative ruling on the admissability of emails by the prosecution.

By Brad Bumsted
Saturday, January 16, 2010

HARRISBURG -- An attorney for former Democratic Whip Mike Veon said Friday he intends to call former House Speaker Bill DeWeese as a witness at Veon's trial and suggested DeWeese was a leading co-conspirator in the legislative bonus scandal.

"If crimes were committed, not only is Mr. DeWeese a co-conspirator, he's the king," said Dan Raynak, Veon's lawyer. Raynak said he didn't know whether DeWeese, D-Waynesburg, would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.

Guess we won't have to wait for summer to see things heat up in Harrisburg.

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