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John Perzel is scheduled to change his pleas from innocent to guilty at a hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday. That’s according to an order issued Tuesday by Dauphin County Court. The order does not specify which charges Mr. Perzel will plead guilty to.

Prosecutors have described the Philadelphia Republican as the architect of a scheme to illegally use millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-financed computer technology to gain an edge in political campaigns.

The 61-year-old Perzel faces 82 counts, including theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.

Eric Ruth, a former House GOP technology office employee, is also scheduled to plead guilty. Mr. Ruth’s lawyer says his pleas will be to conspiracy and conflict of interest.


Pair get 30 days each for pie attack on Levin

DETROIT | A federal judge in Grand Rapids sentenced two recent college graduates to 30 days in jail for protesting U.S. Sen. Carl Levin’s stance on foreign policy by putting an apple pie in his face.

Ahlam Mohsen and Max Kantar were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell and handed over to U.S. marshals.

Mr. Levin did not attend the sentencing. He was out of the country and unavailable for comment Tuesday, his office said.

Mr. Mohsen and Mr. Kantar were arrested in August 2010 after Mr. Mohsen attacked the Democrat with the pie during a meeting with constituents at a Big Rapids deli about 50 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Mr. Mohsen, a 23-year-old Michigan State University graduate, had said the crust was removed from the pie “to insure that there would be no physical harm” to the senator, according to a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court.

Mr. Kantar, a 24-year-old graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, read a statement at the public forum just before Mr. Levin was hit with the pie.

Both pleaded guilty to assault on a member of Congress.

Sentencing guidelines for the misdemeanor offense call for eight to 12 months in prison, but probation officials recommended no custody, a year’s probation and a $500 fine. Judge Bell’s sentence did not include fines or restitution.


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