Vanessa L. Brown

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Vanessa Lowery Brown
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 190th district
Assumed office
January 6, 2009[1]
Preceded byThomas Blackwell
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePhiladelphia

Vanessa Lowery Brown is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 190th District.[2] She is a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.[3] In 2018 she was convicted on seven charges related to a bribery case, six of which were felonies. She was sentences to 23 months probation for her crimes.

Background[edit]

Brown attended Philadelphia High School for Girls, graduating in 1984. She then studied at Howard University. She is single.[4]

Bribery case[edit]

On 31 October 2018 Brown was convicted on seven charges stemming relating to bribery. She was found guilty of five felony counts of violating the state conflict-of-interest law, a felony count of bribery, and a further misdemeanor count relating to failure to report payments. The charges resulted from a sting operation which was controversially shut down by Democrat Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane who had claimed the investigations could not produce cases that were winnable in court.[5] On 30 November 2018 Brown was sentences to 23 months probation for her crimes.[6] Despite her bribery conviction, she refused to resign from her position.[7] However, on 12 December, Brown resigned from her seat "under protest".[8]

Brown was represented at trial by Patrick A. Casey, John B. Dempsey and Erik R. Anderson of the Scranton-based law firm, Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2009-01-06.
  2. ^ Cox, Harold (2010-02-26). "House Members J". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  3. ^ "Members List". Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170621112843/https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm%3Fdistrictnumber%3D190
  5. ^ McCoy, Craig R. "State Rep. Vanessa Brown guilty on all counts; took $4,000 bribe in sting". http://www2.philly.com. External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ Navratil, Liz. "Pa. Rep. Vanessa Brown gets probation for bribery in Philly sting case". http://www2.philly.com. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Couloumbis, Angela. "Convicted of bribery, Philly legislator Brown refuses to resign". http://www2.philly.com. External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2018/12/12/State-lawmaker-philadelphia-vanessa-brown-convicted-of-bribery-resigns-under-protest/stories/201812120118?fbclid=IwAR2yYGITnItBk4C5mrIN_bX8pEueqBPeqXweO-YzpWnX3nJPqvkZLnPCvBc

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