Chaka Fattah

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah Appeals Prison Sentence
Lawyers lean on Supreme Court precedent to narrow corruption definition

Ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was convicted of racketeering in 2016, is looking to other politicians charged with corruption for inspiration as he appeals his 10-year prison sentence.

Specifically, the Philadelphia Democrat is hoping a recent Supreme Court decision used by politicians to successfully appeal corruption sentences will also work in his favor, the Philadephia Tribune reported.

Documents: Prosecutors Feared Brady Would Interfere in Investigation
Former aide says Pennsylvania congressman’s campaign paid opponent to drop out

Rep. Robert Brady is at the podium while then-Vice President Joe Biden puts down a challenge to President-elect Donald Trump’s Electoral College count during a joint session of Congress in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Newly released court documents show that federal prosecutors feared Rep. Robert Brady would influence a witness in an alleged payoff scheme his campaign used to force a former opponent to drop out of the race.

Prosecutors asked to keep the records sealed until after the witness’s plea deal, warning of a “significant danger” the Pennsylvania Democrat posed toward the investigation.

School Contractor Says Chaka Fattah Forced Him to Rehire Son
Pennsylvania Democrat serving 10 years in jail, son serving five years

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah, seen here campaigning in Philadelphia last year, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A former Philadelphia school contractor said then-Rep. Chaka Fattah threatened him in 2011 if he didn’t rehire his son for a $144,000-a-year job.

David Shulick, who served as president of a now-defunct for-profit network of schools, said the Pennsylvania Democrat gave him “no choice” but to rehire Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr.

Chaka Fattah Appeals Conviction
Comes as he is set to begin 10-year term

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., is asking to remain free while he appeals his conviction (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah is appealing his racketeering conviction and asking to remain out of jail while it goes through the courts.

According to The Associated Press, Fattah said he expects to win a new trial about errors regarding his previous five-defendant trial, such as the dismissal of a juror, The Associated Press reported.

Chaka Fattah Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Former Pennsylvania congressman convicted of corruption

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah resigned from Congress after he was convicted on corruption and racketeering charges. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Monday following a corruption trial that centered around a failed bid for mayor of Philadelphia, The Inquirer reported.

Prosecutors had asked Philadelphia federal Judge Harvey Bartle to sentence Fattah to 17 to 22 years, but defense attorneys called the recommendation “unnecessarily harsh.”

Feds Push 17- to 21-Year Sentence for Fattah
Longtime Pennsylvania congressman convicted of racketeering, bribery, fraud, and obstruction

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., received $29,000 in contributions after his indictment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Long-time Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah could be sentenced to two decades in prison for a multitude of charges including racketeering, bribery and fraud.

Government lawyers on Monday filed a court memo recommending the “self-serving” Fattah be sentenced to anywhere from 17 to 21 years, according to Philly.com.

3 Special Election Winners Expected to Enter the House Next Week
Chamber's roster will be back to 435 members

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa returns to the House seat she vacated in 2014 to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will return to 435 members next week when winners of three special elections held on Tuesday are expected to be sworn in. All three replace members of the same party, restoring the count to 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats, the same as at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa will return to the House seat she gave up in 2014 for a Senate run. She narrowly lost that Senate primary to Brian Schatz. Her successor in the House, Mark Takai, announced his retirement in May due to pancreatic cancer. He passed away in July.

New Member: Evans Wins Fattah's Vacant Seat in Pennsylvania's 2nd District
Ex-congressman resigned in June over federal corruption convictions

Dwight Evans will replace Democratic former Rep. Chaka Fattah in Pennsylvania's 2nd District. (Courtesy of the Evans campaign)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Dwight Evans will win the open seat in the state’s 2nd District, The Associated Press projects.

Evans led Republican candidate James Jones 92 percent to 8 percent with 4 percent of precincts reporting.

Judge Upholds Chaka Fattah Conviction
Dismisses other charges of mail and bank fraud, falsifying records

Lawyers for former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah wanted the court to consider the ruling that overturned former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A judge has upheld a bulk of federal corruption charges against former Rep. Chaka Fattah but dropped other convictions related to mail and bank fraud.

In a 101-page opinion, Philadelphia federal Judge Harvey Bartle did not agree with Fattah’s attorneys when they asked him to consider the pivotal Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in his own case.

Chaka Fattah Seeks to Use McDonnell Case to Overturn Conviction
Sentencing delayed as ex-congressman asks for acquittal, new trial

Lawyers for ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah want to apply a pivotal Supreme Court ruling that overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell to his own case, delaying a sentencing that was scheduled for Tuesday.