AP: Ex-Pa. House Democratic leader out on bail

By JOANN LOVIGLIO | May 18, 2012 | 11:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former longtime Pennsylvania House Democratic leader Bill DeWeese is out on bail days after he began serving a 2½ -to-five-year prison term for corruption.

A spokesman for the State Correction Institution in Camp Hill confirmed late Friday that DeWeese was released on bail.

DeWeese had reported to Dauphin County Prison in Harrisburg on Monday to begin his sentence.

The former Greene County lawmaker served in the House for 35 years, including two years as speaker.

In February, a jury convicted DeWeese of conspiracy, conflict of interest and three counts of theft for using public resources for political purposes. He kept his House seat for more than two months because the constitutional ban on felons serving as legislators is not triggered until they are sentenced.