Fumo corruption trial to resume Oct. 20; judge ill

September 17, 2008 3:25:51 PM PDT
The long-anticipated trial of Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Fumo is being delayed a month due to the trial judge's illness. Jury selection will resume Oct. 20.

Jurors selected this month for a preliminary 42-person pool will likely be questioned anew about holiday commitments and other hardships. The trial is set to last three months.

U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. battled flu-like symptoms during last week's jury questioning.

The 65-year-old Fumo is charged with 139 counts of fraud and corruption. Federal prosecutors say he misused more than $3.5 million in funds and resources from the Senate, a charity and a museum. Fumo insists that he's done nothing illegal.

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