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US Rep. Fattah retains new lawyers for May bribery trial

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 19, 2016 12:45 PM
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(Philadelphia) -- An indicted Pennsylvania congressman has retained new lawyers to defend him at a May trial on bribery and money laundering charges.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has said he had trouble paying his former firm because he is focused on raising money for the April 26 primary. The Philadelphia Democrat hopes to win a 12th term.

Lawyers Mark Lee and Samuel Silver of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis signed on to the criminal case Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III has said he does not want to delay the May 2 trial. Bartle previously refused to let lawyers Kevin Mincey and Thomas Fitzpatrick step down over the non-payments.

Fattah in a statement says he's confident the new legal team will prove his innocence.

The 59-year-old Fattah is accused of misusing campaign donations and charitable funds.

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