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Convicted of bribery, Philly legislator Brown refuses to resign

December 20, 2018
Vanessa Brown shortly after being elected in 2008.

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HARRISBURG — Days after being sentenced for bribery and other crimes, State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown has refused to resign —  even though Pennsylvania’s constitution prohibits convicted public officials from serving in the legislature.

The Philadelphia Democrat, 52, was ordered Friday to serve 23 months on probation for accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from an undercover operative in a sting investigation. As of Monday, she had not submitted a letter of resignation from her $88,600 job, according to House officials. And it is unlikely that she will do so before Jan. 1, when lawmakers are to be sworn in for the new two-year session, according to people familiar with her plans.

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