Monday, July 6, 2015

Nutter: Fumo Verdict "Difficult...To Fully Understand"

In light of other cases like this, it's difficult to look at the verdict and fully understand the rationale behind the length of the sentence and designated restitution amounts. Nevertheless, a simple, yet important message was reinforced today - - those who abuse the trust of the public, especially elected officials, will be caught and punished." -- Mayor Nutter, reacting to news that former state Sen. Vince Fumo will spend four and a half years in federal prison for his conviction in March on 137 corruption charges.

Nutter: Fumo Verdict "Difficult...To Fully Understand"

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“In light of other cases like this, it’s difficult to look at the verdict and fully understand the rationale behind the length of the sentence and designated restitution amounts. Nevertheless, a simple, yet important message was reinforced today - - those who abuse the trust of the public, especially elected officials, will be caught and punished.”  -- Mayor Nutter, reacting to news that former state Sen. Vince Fumo will spend four and a half years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his conviction in March on 137 corruption charges.

Nutter appeared to comparing Fumo's sentence, handed down this afternoon, to those of former city Treasurer Corey Kemp, who is serving 10 years in federal prison, and former City Councilman Rick Mariano, who is serving six years in federal prison.  Kemp and Mariano were convicted on corruption charges that involved far less money than the Fumo case.

Fumo must also pay a fine of $411,000 and pay restitution of $1.3 million to the state Senate and $676,519 to Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, a non-profit he started.

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Did Fumo get what he deserved? It's a hung jury
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Past Coverage: The Fumo Trial
What do you think of the 55-month prison sentence given to former State Sen. Vincent Fumo?
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