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Norman Hsu, Democrat donor, has turned himself in.

Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who had been a fugitive from a 1992 grand larceny case, was briefly jailed today before posting bail.


Superior Court Judge H. James Ellis this morning ordered Hsu held and ordered bail set at $2 million. Hsu had turned himself in after news accounts identified him as a fugitive.


Though brief, the jailing was a surprise because supervising Deputy Atty. Gen. Ronald D. Smetana and the attorney representing Hsu had agreed that Hsu could be freed on $1 million bail on the condition he surrender his passports and make all further court appearances.


But Ellis rejected that arrangement and ordered Hsu held.

Congressman Patrick Murphy is manning up and giving the money away.

In May, Hsu gave Murphy’s campaign $1,000, according to federal campaign contribution documents. Murphy spokesman Adam Abrams said Murphy’s campaign also received $2,000 in contributions conveyed by Hsu from other sources.

Abrams, Murphy’s spokesman, said the fact that Murphy gave the donations to charity before he was even asked about it “shows that Murphy is vigilant and will continue to be.”


Abrams said the money will go to three charities. One of them is the national Wounded Warrior project, a veterans organization. The others are the Network of Victims Assistance, a Doylestown-based nonprofit, and the Center for Independent Living of Bucks County.


Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Hsu’s donation to Murphy proves the congressman has become part of Washington’s special interest machine.

Governor Rendell has promised to return $40,000 from Mr Hsu upon conviction. Go figure.

August 31, 2007 at 9:19 pm
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