The trial court and an appeals court already rejected the tainted-jury argument, but Fumo attorney Peter Goldberger wrote in his filing that the courts had a responsibility to look into the matter further to ensure Fumo's Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.
"In addition to coverage in traditional print and broadcast media, there was widespread coverage by new media, including 'live blogging' direct from the courtroom," Goldberger wrote in his filing.
Fumo, a South Philly Democrat and longtime political power broker, was convicted of 137 counts of corruption, including defrauding the state Senate and local nonprofits. He paid $3.8 million in fines and restitution along with his prison sentence, which he served in a Kentucky federal prison.
Journalist Ralph Cipriano, who was writing for Philadelphia magazine at the time, interviewed jurors who said they had learned information about Fumo that was deemed irrelevant to the case by U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter. That information included the fact that Fumo had previously been convicted (which was later overturned) of corruption charges - a fact that was kept out of the 2009 trial.
Fumo, 70, is living in his mansion in the Spring Garden area until his sentence ends Feb. 2.
His monthslong trial in 2009 had followed an investigation that dated back to 2004. He was resentenced after his first punishment was deemed too lenient, and he's up for another resentencing soon.
Meanwhile, Fumo is in a separate legal battle with his children over a family trust set up for them.
To top things off, the IRS is after Fumo for a $2.9 million bill it delivered to him in prison.
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