Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Verdict Is In On Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah Sr
Veteran reporter Ralph Cipriano is covering the federal corruption trial of Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah Sr for Bigtrial.net.
On Count 1, Congressman Chaka Fattah was unanimously found guilty of conspiracy to commit racketeering. The foreman kept reading the verdicts on six more charges under Count 1 for Fattah, including: guilty of mail fraud, guilty of wire fraud, guilty of bank fraud, guilty of bribery, guilty of obstruction of justice, and guilty of money laundering.
Fattah stared straight ahead and showed no reaction. When co-defendant Herb Vederman was found guilty of conspiracy to commit racketeering, however, a woman standing next to him began to cry.
"No outbursts," Judge Harvey Bartle 3d warned the spectators. While the jury foreman continued to read five more guilty verdicts for Vederman under Count 1, the woman left the courtroom crying.
By the time the jury foreman was through reading the verdict on all 29 counts, Fattah and four co-defendants were found guilty on 57 of 74 total charges.
Fattah was found guilty on all 22 counts and all 28 charges against him.
Besides being convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering, co-defendant Herb Vederman was convicted on seven additional counts, including bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, bank fraud, making false statements to a credit union, falsification of records, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering,
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