Appeals court overturns U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s bribery convictions, upholds others

August 9, 2018

Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah exits the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after being sentenced to 10 years in prison on Dec. 12, 2016.

By Staff

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has overturned the bribery convictions of former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and a wealthy supporter, saying the evidence at their trial did not support the narrower definition of political graft the U.S. Supreme Court carved out in a decision days after the congressman’s 2016 conviction.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a jury’s guilty verdicts on many other aspects of Fattah’s case, including claims that he misused federal grant money and campaign funds throughout his two-decade congressional year career.

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