2009-03-19 / Local & State

Sadness, Not Surprise In Capitol At Fumo Verdict

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Longtime Democratic colleagues of convicted former Sen. Vincent Fumo of PHiladelphia are expressing sadness over the corruption verdict against him.

The news of Fumo's conviction Monday swept quickly through the Capitol, where he spent 30 years.

Democratic Rep. Bud George says it is sad to see a man who did so much good now facing this situation.

Another longtime colleague, Democratic Sen. Raphael Musto, says he never thought Fumo's career would wind up this way.

But he also says the verdict was unsurprising given some of the evidence that surfaced in the trial.

The jury found Fumo guilty of all 137 counts related to defrauding defrauding the state Senate, a nonprofit and a museum of more than $3.5 million, and destroying e-mail evidence.

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