A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed against the Justice Department by a veteran Philadelphia congressman’s son convicted of fraud.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the judge dismissed Chaka Fattah (SHAW’-kah fa-TAH’) Jr.’s lawsuit last week, in part because the 32-year-old failed to meet a deadline to respond to arguments against his claims.
Fattah alleged the Justice Department was attempting to prosecute him on fraud charges for statements that should be protected by the First Amendment. But Fattah ended up being convicted last month.
Fattah says he missed the deadline because he had more pressing matters at hand.
He faces sentencing in February.
His father, Chaka Fattah Sr., is a Democratic congressman accused in an unrelated case with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and other crimes. He has denied wrongdoing.