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The Latest: Court hears arguments in Aaron Schock appeal

April 18, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on oral arguments in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s appeal (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

A lawyer for former Republican Rep. Aaron Schock says prosecutors are aiming to be the first to imprison a former member of Congress over ambiguous rules the U.S. House set for itself.

Attorney Benjamin Hatch made the arguments Wednesday before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago as he seeks the dismissal of the corruption case against the former Illinois congressman Schock, who is charged with misusing government and campaign funds.

A Department of Justice lawyer, William Glaser, says Hatch is mischaracterizing how prosecutors have approached the case. He says defense attorneys are effectively arguing that the Constitution bestows legal immunity on Schock, which it doesn’t.

Schock, of Peoria, made a rare public appearance at the hearing. He declined to comment as he left.


7:10 a.m.

A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear oral arguments in the corruption case of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock as his lawyers seek to have all his charges dismissed.

Wednesday’s hearing at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes amid signs parts of the case against the Peoria Republican may be at risk of unraveling.

Schock gained notoriety for redecorating his Capitol Hill office in the style of the “Downton Abbey” TV series. He was indicted in 2016 for misusing government and campaign funds. He’d resigned in 2015.

One question is whether prosecutors based charges on ambiguous House rules in violation of separation-of-powers clauses in the U.S. Constitution. Schock says they did, including with charges that he illegally sought reimbursements for a $5,000 office chandelier and other personal spending.

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