Ex-Congress Aide May Quash Fraud Conviction, DC Circ. Says

Law360, Los Angeles (July 19, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday ruled that an ex-Capitol Hill staffer may erase his conviction for conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud, ruling he did not need to prove his innocence of an uncharged offense with a lower sentencing range.

In a 22-page decision, a unanimous three-judge federal appellate panel ruled that Russell James Caso Jr., formerly chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., may vacate his conviction, ruling that federal district courts should consult with the federal sentencing guidelines, not the statutory...
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