Friday, July 13, 2007

Theft & Conspiracy

Reprinted in its entirety from the Tribune-Review:

Ahoy, pittsburgh City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle and two o' the three people accused o' gi'in' her kickbacks pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Attorneys for Carlisle, 48, o' Homewood; Lee O. Johnson, 77, o' Penn Hills; and Sheryl A. Pinson-smith, 48, o' Lawrence'ille, said their clients be innocent.

A fourth defendant, Darlene Durham, o' Mckeesport, failed t' appear for a scheduled formal arraignment at the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown. Court officials said an arrest warrant could be issued for Durham if she does not come t' be arraigned within a few days.

Arrr, the four be charged with theft and criminal conspiracy. Johnson, Pinson-smith and Durham be accused o' acceptin' thousands o' dollars in taxpayer money for doin' consultin' work that produced nothin' useful and then kickin' back more than $43,000 t' Carlisle. A pence for an old man o'de sea?

(h/t PittGirl)

The P-G's Rich Lord has revealed that Pinson-Smith, who continues to work in the Councilwoman's office, has been talking with the prosecution about a plea bargain arrangement. Life must be interesting in that office.

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