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Grand jury testimony tells of DeWeese's demands on staff

• Tribune Review
With the assistance of his taxpayer-paid staff, Rep. Bill DeWeese led a life of privilege while a Democratic leader in state House, three of his former aides told a grand jury.

DeWeese, a former House speaker and majority and minority leader, used his legislative staff to run his personal life, his former chief of staff Michael Manzo said. They balanced his checkbook, paid bills, picked up dry cleaning, bought condoms, made sure lobbyists would take him to dinner and arranged dinner dates from a list of women, Manzo said.

"Bill's staff was there to serve his personal needs as much as his political needs and his policy needs," Manzo testified in November 2008.

DeWeese had some quirky demands,

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