Fumo Appeals Federal Conviction

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo is appealing his recent federal conviction on 137 corruption counts.

The 65-year-old Philadelphia Democrat cites insufficient evidence and a juror's online posts on Twitter and Facebook, among other issues.

Prosecutors plan to seek more than 10 years in prison for Fumo at his scheduled July 13 sentencing. The sentencing hearing is expected to take at least several days or more.

A jury convicted Fumo of defrauding the state Senate, a charity and a museum of more than $3.5 million.

Co-defendant Ruth Arnao, a former aide convicted of 45 related counts, is joining Fumo in the appeal.

Both remain free on bail.

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