Former congressman's request to delay prison term is denied

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 13, 2017 3:11 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., walks after leaving the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

(Philadelphia) -- A federal appeals court has denied a disgraced former Democratic Pennsylvania congressman's request to remain free while appealing his conviction on racketeering charges while his supporters seek a reprieve from President  Obama.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected former Congressman Chaka Fattah's petition on Tuesday along with similar pleas made by two of his co-defendants.

The 60-year-old west Philadelphia Democrat is set to begin serving his 10-year sentence on Jan. 25 after he was convicted in June of using more than $600,000 in government grants and nonprofit funds on personal and campaign expenses.

Supporters urged Obama to absolve Fattah, claiming there was misconduct by investigators.

Fattah served nearly 20 years in Congress.

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