- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A judge has ordered a state senator to decide by the end of the week whether to plead guilty or go to trial on corruption charges.

The (Doylestown) Intelligencer (https://bit.ly/1t8lslP ) reports that Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill gave 68-year-old state Sen. LeAnna Washington the ultimatum Monday.

State prosecutors in March charged Washington with felony theft of services and conflict of interest counts. They allege that she ordered taxpayer-paid employees to organize an elaborate annual “birthday party” political fundraiser that drew hundreds of attendees.

The attorney general’s office estimated the state’s monetary loss at $30,000 to more than $100,000.

Defense attorneys have argued that the evidence doesn’t support charges that Washington intentionally diverted taxpayer resources for political purposes.

Washington, who was elected in 2005, lost her re-election bid in May.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintell.com

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