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Federal court reverses one of Ex-Newark Mayor Sharpe James' corruption convictions
9/16/2010 12:00:00 AM
NEWARK — A federal appeals court has reversed one of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James' corruption convictions.
In a ruling published today, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals threw out James' conviction for so-called "theft of honest services" fraud.
James' convictions on four other counts remain unchanged. The longtime mayor of New Jersey's largest city was convicted in April 2008 and sentenced to 27 months in prison. He was released last spring to serve out the remaining time in a halfway house. Thursday's reversal was prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of theft of honest services to cases where defendants take bribes or kickbacks. James was convicted of fraud and conspiracy for steering sweetheart land deals to a girlfriend.