Fattah Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle gave him 10 years. It will begin on January 25th.
Jonathan Tamari of Inquirer notes that this is the second-largest prison term ever given to a former member of Congress, trailing only Bill Jefferson of $90,000 hidden in a freezer fame.
“We welcome a lengthy prison sentence for former Rep. Chaka Fattah, who ranks among the most canny and shameless denizens of Philadelphia’s Democratic culture of corruption, and serves as an example of the arrogance of incumbency,” PA GOP Chair Joe DeFelice responded. “We hope that the sentence will be lived out and not stretched out by years of appeals, and that the Fattah family will fade into the night once all of the pertinent FBI probes surrounding them have been carried out. We’d also like to highlight our embarrassment at the sight of city Democrats lining up to influence Judge Bartle in his sentencing, urging for leniency for a convicted thief who defrauded his entire district. The voters of the Second Congressional District are owed significant recompense, not just from the money siphoned away by their former Congressman through decades of poor representation, but from his establishment enablers as well. The Philadelphia Republican Party envisions a future where flagrant corruption associated with one-party rule is a thing of the past.”
Fattah was forced to resign in June after being convicted on violations of the RICO Act. His son was also sentenced to five years in jail earlier this year.