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November 4, 2017

Lawmaker to quit after plea in gambling ring case

PITTSBURGH — A state lawmaker from the Pittsburgh area is stepping down this week, on the day he’s scheduled to be sentenced for his role in an illegal gambling machine operation.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday that seven-term Rep. Marc Gergely (D-35) submitted a resignation letter to the House speaker. It takes effect Monday.

The 48-year-old Democrat’s letter didn’t elaborate on his plan to quit the chamber. But his resignation is a condition of the guilty plea he entered in August to misdemeanors for conspiracy and campaign finance violations.

House Speaker Mike Turzai has until Nov. 16 to schedule a special election to fill Gergely’s unexpired term.

Atlantic City mayor seeks probe into voter fraud

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Atlantic City’s Republican mayor has alleged that a voter fraud scheme involving absentee ballots and dead voters is being run against him on behalf of his Democratic opponent.

Republican Mayor Don Guardian said during a press conference Friday that evidence of absentee ballot fraud was taken to the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office and sought an investigate before Tuesday’s election.

City Council President Frank Gilliam, his Democratic opponent, denied the allegations and said no one on his campaign would do anything illegal.

The prosecutor’s office did not respond to a message seeking comment Friday.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

Ex-prosecutor hints millions paid to Cosby’s accuser

A former prosecutor claims his decision in 2005 not to charge Bill Cosby with drugging and molesting a woman led to the comedian paying his accuser a settlement “well into the millions of dollars.”

Bruce Castor’s assertion in a lawsuit Thursday against the accuser, Andrea Constand, and her lawyers is the first time anyone has put a value on the confidential settlement.

Castor alleges the women harmed his reputation and cost him a chance to return as district attorney in suburban Philadelphia by publicly criticizing him and suing him for defamation days before the 2015 election.

Castor’s lawsuit doesn’t explain how he would know how much Cosby paid Constand.

Cosby testified in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand’s lawsuit against him.

Castor ended the investigation after four weeks, announcing Cosby would not be charged because the evidence had shown both parties “could be held in less than a flattering light.”

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