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State Rep. JP Miranda "absolutely" running for re-election

State Rep. J.P. Miranda is "absolutely" running for a second term, according to his criminal defense attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr. We reported that Saturday but technical difficulties made the story difficult to read online over the weekend.

State Rep. JP Miranda "absolutely" running for re-election

State Rep. J.P. Miranda is running for re-election.
State Rep. J.P. Miranda is running for re-election.

State Rep. J.P. Miranda is "absolutely" running for a second term, according to his criminal defense attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr. 

(We reported that Saturday but Philly.com technical difficulties made the story difficult to read online over the weekend.)

Peruto spoke Friday about Miranda's political intentions after a Municipal Court judge held for trial three felonies filed on Jan. 27 against the rookie legislator and his sister.  A Philadelphia grand jury accused them of using a "ghost employee" to funnel state payroll money to her after Miranda was told he could not hire his sister for his district office.

Miranda did not file on Jan. 31 his annual campaign finance report for 2013, as required, according to Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State. Miranda faces the maximum $250 fine for not filing the report.  Miranda was also fined $250 twice for late reports in 2012, Ruman said.

Peruto on Friday said he will be filing a motion to dismiss the charges against Miranda, citing as a factor his claim that the legislator and district attorney were dating the same woman last year.  Peruto claimed that was a motive in a "vindictive prosecution."

Williams, through a spokeswoman on Friday, denied that claim as "ludicrous."  He later tweeted: "His claims are COMPLETELY FALSE and my civil attorney is considering a defamation slander libel suit."

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