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The judge who sentenced a political hopeful to zero to six months for bribing voters needs to take another look at the sentencing guidelines, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in a precedential decision granting a request to send the case back for resentencing.

According to the Third Circuit’s decision Tuesday, Francis Raia, a real estate developer who ran for Hoboken, New Jersey, City Council in 2013, was convicted by a jury of running a vote-by-mail fraud scheme in which he solicited voters in the Hoboken Housing Authority, cutting them $50 checks in exchange for casting ballots in favor of him and a referendum that would weaken rent control laws.

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P.J. D'Annunzio

Reporter at the Legal Intelligencer covering public corruption, federal courts, and breaking news.

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