Former Pa. Senator Can't Appeal Mental Fitness Ruling

Law360, New York (January 30, 2014, 1:32 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday that Raphael Musto, a former Pennsylvania state senator facing charges for allegedly taking bribes to help obtain grants for construction projects, cannot appeal a determination that he is mentally unfit for trial, which Musto had sought himself.

The 84-year-old former lawmaker was also denied his request to appeal the court's rejection of his claims that his physical condition placed obstacles to a trial, at least for now. Musto had hoped to stop the court order that came Wednesday committing him...
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