HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Portraying herself as a victim, Pennsylvania's attorney general said Wednesday that criminal charges threatening to end her career were part of a "grand plan" to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails circulated among judges and state prosecutors.
A Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of collecting charity funds by pretending to have cancer was in custody on Wednesday after being stripped of her sash and crown, court records show. Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International 2015, Brandi Weaver-Gates, 23, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one felony count of theft by deception and another of receiving stolen property. An anonymous letter tipped off police to the actions by Weaver-Gates, the complaint said.
The head of Florida's main open-government organization said Wednesday Governor Rick Scott should personally pay the $700,000 settlement costs of a public records lawsuit, rather than letting taxpayers pick up the tab. Scott agreed to a state-paid settlement after Internet giant Google was ordered to turn over relevant documents in a dispute with a Tallahassee attorney who accused the governor's office of secretly using private emails for state business."He’s playing fast and loose with our Constitution and we’re paying the cost, both literally and figuratively," Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said of Scott. Attorney Steven Andrews sued Scott and the state Cabinet after the state decided in 2012 to buy a stately old house where his office is located near the governor’s mansion.