The Latest: Prosecutors hail ruling in congressman's case

FILE- In this June 21, 2016, file photo, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., walks after leaving the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. A federal appeals court has overturned the ex-Pennsylvania congressman's bribery convictions, but has let stand guilty verdicts on numerous other counts. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, that Fattah, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, and an associate are eligible for a retrial on the charges it threw out. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on a federal appeals court's ruling regarding a Pennsylvania congressman's public corruption conviction (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say they'll study an appeals court ruling that threw out some corruption charges against a former congressman from Philadelphia, noting that either way, he'll remain behind bars.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain said Thursday prosecutors were pleased with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding many of the counts for which former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (SHAW'-kah fa-TAH') was convicted.

McSwain says his office will decide if a retrial on the dismissed charges against Fattah and co-defendant Herbert Vederman should be pursued.

Fattah is serving a decadelong sentence at a federal prison in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Democrat was once a powerful figure in Philadelphia politics, but prosecutors argued he violated the law after running short of campaign funds during a failed run for mayor.

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12:50 p.m.

A federal appeals court has overturned an ex-Pennsylvania congressman's bribery convictions, but has let stand guilty verdicts on numerous other counts.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that 61-year-old former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (SHAW'-kah fa-TAH'), who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, and an associate are eligible for a retrial on the charges it threw out.

The Philadelphia Democrat spent 20 years in Congress before his 2016 conviction on charges including racketeering, bribery, fraud and obstruction of justice.

In addition to the bribery case, he was convicted of using more than $600,000 in government grants and nonprofit funds on personal and campaign expenses.

In his appeal, Fattah cited a Supreme Court decision narrowing the definition of political graft.

Prosecutors said they are reviewing the ruling. Fattah's attorney declined comment.

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