Convicted ex-Pa. lawmaker takes appeal to US court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former high-ranking state House Republican now serving prison time for public corruption is suing Gov. Tom Corbett and prosecutors who he says illegally hid evidence and denied him a fair trial.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Friday (http://bit.ly/13HCQzO ) that Brett Feese’s lawsuit, now in federal court, raises the same argument that he’s pursuing in a state appellate court.

Feese’s lawyer Joshua Lock says prosecutors violated Feese’s constitutional rights by destroying notes from interviews investigators conducted with prosecution witnesses.

Feese was convicted in 2011 as part of a wider investigation into state lawmakers’ illegal use of taxpayer dollars and state employees for political campaign work.

The investigation began in 2007 under Corbett when he was attorney general. A Corbett spokesman says Feese’s lawsuit is a desperate attack by a lawbreaker.

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Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews

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