It’s too late for him to get back the nearly four years he’s served in prison, but former Philadelphia State Senator Vince Fumo is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his 2009 conviction on corruption charges anyway.
Fumo’s petition argues that the jury considering his guilt was tainted by media reports, and that at least one juror had heard of a 1980 corruption case against Fumo.
A jury found Fumo guilty in that case more than 30 years ago, but the conviction was overturned. The judge in the 2009 trial did not allow information from the previous case to be admitted.
In petitioning the Supreme Court, Attorney Peter Goldberger wrote that Fumo’s defense attorneys had heard information about the jury from journalists who’d interviewed jurors after the trial.
“Another juror reported (to the journalist) that every member of the jury had violated the rule against listening to news reports about the case, even during deliberations,” Goldberger wrote.
The trial judge in Fumo’s 2009 conviction and a federal appeals court have declined to order a new trial based on the claim of jury taint.
The Supreme Court doesn’t take many cases, but if it were to overturn his conviction, Fumo might clear his name and get the $3.8 million he’s paid in fines and restitution back.
Fumo is serving the last few months of his sentence in home detention.