Juror out in Pennsylvania congressman's racketeering case

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Posted: Jun 17, 2016 11:17 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A juror has been dismissed in the racketeering case against a veteran Pennsylvania congressman.

No explanation was given for the dismissal in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's (SHAW'-kah fa-TAHZ') case Friday. An alternate replaced the missing member, and U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III ordered jurors to begin deliberations again.

The jury got the case Wednesday.

Fattah is a Philadelphia Democrat charged with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and honest services fraud.

His lawyers have argued that the schemes were engineered without Fattah's knowledge by two political consultants who pleaded guilty in the case.

The 59-year-old Fattah has been in Congress since 1995.

He lost his congressional seat in the April primary.

Prosecutors say Fattah routed federal grant money and nonprofit funds through his consultants to pay back an illegal loan.