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New lawyers to ask judge to toss Fattah racketeering case

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 11, 2016 12:57 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- New lawyers for indicted Pennsylvania congressman Chaka Fattah Sr. are expected to ask a judge to throw out a corruption case set for trial in May. 

The Philadelphia Democrat is accused of accepting bribes and misusing campaign funds and charitable grants to enrich his family and friends. 

He has pleaded not guilty and is running for a 12th term.

Several Democratic challengers have jumped into the April 26 primary to try to unseat him. 

Fattah has brought in big-firm lawyers to take over for a small firm that said it could not finance the case when Fattah stopped making payments. 

Fattah says he is focused on campaign fundraising. 

The new lawyers set to appear Friday are Mark Lee, Bruce Merenstein and Samuel Silver of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.  

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