Criminal history now told on statehouse portraits

Criminal history now told on statehouse portraits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers & one former top state senator hanging in the Capitol's marble corridors each have new information to tell visitors: their criminal histories.

Plaques that add those details were hung Tuesday.

Aides to the current House speaker & presiding senator say the new plaques are intended to keep the portrait tradition intact while addressing criticism that the portraits of convicted former lawmakers shouldn't be displayed near the likes of Ben Franklin.

p>For instance, ex-House Speaker John Perzel's plaque now reads, "Mr. Perzel was defeated for re-election to the House in November 2010, prior to pleading guilty to a variety of corruption related charges, & was sentenced to prison on March 30, 2012."

The other three men moreover went to prison on corruption-related charges.

Source: “Associated Press”

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