A Montgomery County judge ruled this week that Pennsylvania State Sen. Leanna Washington be arraigned on charges of theft of services and conflict of interest. The judge ruled there was enough evidence that she ordered her staff to perform political tasks on state time. Specifically, Ms. Washington allegedly ordered taxpayer-paid employees to organize an annual "birthday party" political fundraiser, costing the Commonwealth $30,000-$100,000.

Ms. Washington's defense attorney, Ballard Spahr partner Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., stated that more evidence is needed to prove she "knowingly diverted" taxpayer resources for political gain. He said that no paper trail exists that supports the allegations and presented copies of checks he said show that a former legislative employee of hers was paid with campaign funds to organize the fundraiser.

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