Ex-Pa. City Council President Seeks Sentence Reduction

By Dan Packel (May 19, 2017, 2:35 PM EDT) -- The former city council president of Reading, Pennsylvania, asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday to reduce his two-year sentence for a bribery conviction to time served, pointing to health problems and the welfare of his special needs child.

Francisco Acosta, who pled guilty in 2016 to charges that he attempted to repeal an ethics law in exchange for a donation to an ally's campaign, says the 15 months he has spent in prison is plenty. He also pointed to his role in tutoring activities in prison and his participation in several other prison programs.

"The defendant believes and therefore avers that...

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