Perzel lawyer: Using state equipment for politics no crime

John M. Perzel

HARRISBURG – Former House Speaker John M. Perzel did use state equipment for political gain, but it wasn’t a crime, defense attorney Brian J. McMonagle argued today in a pretrial hearing.

That’s because the technology also is used for legitimate legislative purposes, such as sending constituents information about state programs, he said.

“It’s helping people across the state of Pennsylvania and – you’re darn right – it’s helping people like John Perzel run for office,” McMonagle told Dauphin County Judge Richard A Lewis. “The question is: where do you draw the line?”

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