Chaka Fattah

DOJ won’t retry ex-Rep. Fattah on overturned convictions, but that won’t reduce his prison time
Philadelphia Democrat was convicted on multiple counts of fraud and racketeering

Former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah is in his third year of a 10-year prison sentence for racketeering, bribery, and fraud. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Federal prosecutors will not retry former Rep. Chaka Fattah on four public corruption charges including bribery and money laundering after an appeals court last year tossed out previous jury convictions.

The appeals court judge ruled that the district court judge in the trial in which Fattah was convicted did not give the jury adequate instructions on what constitutes “official acts.” The appeals court judge ordered a retrial.

Primary Challengers Aren’t Always More Partisan in Congress
Some successors have been more willing to work across the aisle

Ayanna Pressley defeated Rep. Michael E. Capuano in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ 7th District earlier this month. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

It’s often said that conservative challenges to Republican incumbents in primary elections — the prime example being Dave Brat’s victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014 — have led to more polarization in Congress, with the challengers less willing to compromise than their predecessors.

Now that two incumbent Democrats, Michael E. Capuano of Massachusetts on Sept. 4 and Joseph Crowley of New York in June, have fallen to upstart challengers, it raises the question whether the phenomenon has now spread to the Democratic Party, foreboding even more dysfunction at the Capitol.

Chris Collins Joins Long List of Indicted Members of Congress
New York Republican intends to stay in office

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., joins a long line of Congress members indicted while in office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Chris Collins' plans to keep his seat after his federal indictment Wednesday for insider trading puts him on a long list of members of Congress who have faced criminal charges while in office. 

In 2015, after  Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was indicted for allegations of mishandling money, the Washington Post listed more than two dozen sitting members who had been indicted since 1980. 

Former Brady Challenger Admits to Accepting Bribe Money to Drop Out of 2012 Race
Former Philadelphia municipal court judge has been cooperating with federal investigators for months

Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., walks down the House steps following a series of votes on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A former primary challenger to Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady has agreed to cooperate with a federal investigation into $90,000 he says he received from Brady's campaign to drop from the 2012 race.

Former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore has said he accepted $90,000 in concealed bribe money from the Democratic congressman’s campaign. He has been mum on whether his testimony could implicate Brady directly.

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.