Self-styled political activist Gene Stilp filed a private criminal complaint Tuesday against three sitting state lawmakers implicated in an aborted public corruption investigation.Gene Stilp does not want lawmakers implicated in aborted legislative sting to avoid punishment.
Stilp has alleged misdemeanor violations of the state Ethics Act by Reps. Ronald Waters, Vanessa Lowery Brown, and Michelle Brownlee.
According to investigative files that have been shared with PennLive, all three Philadelphia Democrats were taped accepting cash gifts from a government informant posing as a lobbyist for the state Attorney General's office from late 2010 through early 2012.
Because the gifts to Waters, Brown and Brownlee totaled more than 0, and they weren t reported on the lawmakers respective statements of financial interest, the Ethics Act was violated, Stilp contends.
In Brown s case, Stilp also alleged that the informant gave her gifts totalling ,000 based n an understanding that Brown s future vote (on legislation), official action or judgment would be influenced.
Attempts to reach the three lawmakers Tuesday afternoon were not successful.
The aborted investigation which was ended by incoming Attorney General Kathleen Kane last year
citing a range of problems ranging from a too-lucrative cooperation deal with the informant, an appearance of racial targeting, and poor case management.
Her decision, however, has prompted strong criticism fromincluding some who have asserted that because of potential conflicts of interest Kane should not have become involved in the case at all.
Meanwhile Stilp, of Middle Paxton Twp., has been waging a grassroots campaign to punish the lawmakers that were implicated.
Already, he has filed separate complaints with and the
Under his latest push, the charges were filed with Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico, who can initially decide whether the case has merit or not.
Marsico, reached Tuesday, said he had not seen the filings yet, but said we ll review it thoroughly and make a decision after that review.
Marsico had already reviewed the case file last summer at Kane s request, and declined to pick up the investigation at that time.
He said Tuesday that was in part because attempts to meet with the informant fell through. He promised a fresh look at Stilp s complaints.
If Marsico disapproves the complaint, Stilp would still have the ability to appeal that decision in Dauphin County court.Stilp also said he filed the same complaints with Kane's office.TheAG's office could not be reached for this story.
Stilp did not seek any charges against a fourth lawmaker named in case files as accepting cash from the government s informant, Rep. Louise Williams Bishop.
In a brief interview Tuesday, Stilp said he decided not to pursue charges against Bishop at this time in deference to her age. Bishop is 80 years old.
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