Indicted State Senator Wants Case Moved to Philadelphia

And State Sen. LeAnna Washington has an unlikely ally: The Montgomery County district attorney.

A lawyer for a state senator accused of felony public corruption asked a Montgomery County judge to move the case to Philadelphia. The lawyer for State Sen. LeAnna Washington says all of the corruption his client is charged with happened inside the city.

Washington was charged in March with using state employees to throw her birthday parties that doubled as political fundraisers at the Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park. She proclaims her innocence.

Washington’s lawyer attached a letter Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman wrote to State Attorney General Kathleen Kane last year. In the letter about a recently fired Washington staffer who came to her with information, Ferman says that “we determined that most of the activity occurred outside of Montgomery County” and said Kane was in a better position to prosecute the case.

Washington is being sued by her former chief of staff. She lost a a May 20th primary for her state senate seat.

[Daily News]