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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.

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.

House, Senate Republicans Schedule Joint Retreat
The GOP majorities will meet in Philadelphia

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will lead Republicans on a joint retreat Jan. 25 to 27 in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House and Senate Republicans will hold a joint retreat from January 25 to 27 in Philadelphia to discuss priorities for the 115th Congress. 

The caucuses hold annual retreats to sort out their affairs. Republicans have opted for bicameral gatherings the past two years that the GOP has held a majority in the Senate. This year's gather will come days after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in.

Clinton, McGinty Eager to Embrace Obama's Record in Pennsylvania
Trump sees America as 'a divided crime scene,' president says

President Barack Obama offered a hearty defense of Hillary Clinton and his presidential record at a campaign rally in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images file photo)

Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty was there. Democratic Rep. Robert A. Brady was there. A pneumonia-stricken Hillary Clinton was there in spirit, her campaign slogan affixed where the presidential seal typically hangs.

Standing on a podium in Philadelphia featuring a blue “Stronger Together” sign, President Barack Obama offered a confident, relaxed and energetic grin as he told the friendly audience, “It is good to be back on the campaign trail.” The crowd roared its admiration for a president with approval ratings holding steady at above 50 percent, making him perhaps the best weapon Democratic candidates have.

Jerry Springer Weighs Clinton Vs. Trump
 

Victims, Families, Lawmakers Bring Firepower to Gun Control Fight
Democratic convention features a series of speakers affected by gun violence

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, and her husband Mark Kelly, speak on gun violence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans focused their convention on painting a picture of a lawless American society, promising to restore “order” after the shooting deaths of several police officers in recent weeks that stunned the nation.  

But Democrats spent a second night Wednesday doubling down on victims of gun violence  — putting on center stage relatives of those killed in mass shootings while balancing the delicate act of expressing support for law enforcement.