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Jury selection resumes in Fumo trial

October 20, 2008 11:24:57 AM PDT
Jury selection is under way in Philadelphia in the federal corruption trial of state Sen. Vincent Fumo. The process was winding down in September when the proceedings were delayed because the judge was ill. The case was transferred to another judge and resumed Monday.

Some potential jurors have been dropped because of the trial delay, but lawyers and the judge are still aiming to have opening statements Tuesday.

Fumo is accused of using $3.5 million in funds from the Senate, a maritime museum and a nonprofit to fund a lavish lifestyle and potent political machine. He and former aide Ruth Arnao are charged with obstruction, fraud, tax and conspiracy counts. They have pleaded not guilty.

Fumo announced in March he would not seek re-election because of his legal problems.

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