Ex-Sen. Fumo back in Pa. court for resentencing

    It’s take two in the long-running legal showdown between prosecutors and former Pennsylvania Sen. Vince Fumo.

    Fumo is serving a 4-1/2-year prison term for defrauding the state and two nonprofits out of more than $2 million. But federal prosecutors appealed the sentence, and won a rare do-over.

    The parties are due back in court today before Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter. Prosecutors will seek a sentence within the 17- to 22-year guideline range.

    Lawyers for the Philadelphia Democrat hope Buckwalter hands down the same sentence. Fumo has served more than two years.

    The 68-year-old Fumo was one of the state’s most powerful politicians over the last three decades. A jury in 2009 convicted him of using the state senate and nonprofits to help fund his enviable lifestyle.

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