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Corruption Trial Tallies Divorce Legal Bills

Divorce is difficult. So imagine going through a divorce, getting indicted on federal corruption charges and then sitting in a courtroom as your former divorce attorney and a prosecutor page through your expanding legal bills while a jury ponders your fate. That's the kind of afternoon Chris Wright, the former chief of staff for City Councilman Jack Kelly is having.

Corruption Trial Tallies Divorce Legal Bills

Divorce is difficult.  So imagine going through a divorce, getting indicted on federal corruption charges and then sitting in a courtroom as your former divorce attorney and a prosecutor page through your expanding legal bills while a jury ponders your fate.  That's the kind of afternoon Chris Wright, the former chief of staff for City Councilman Jack Kelly is having.

Prosecutors say Wright was bribed in part with free legal work on his divorce from Andrew Teitelman, Kelly's campaign treasurer, after Wright gave up on an expensive attorney.  The first attorney, now testifying, burned through Wright's $5,000 retainer in under two months.  Wright's bill rose to more than $6,700 before he terminated her services.

Wright's estranged wife has told the Daily News she was interviewed four times in 2007 by FBI agents investigating his relationship with Teitelman and brothers Hardeep and Ravinder Chawla, two real estate developers.  Teitelman, a friend of Wright's, represents many of the Chawla family businesses.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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