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PENNSYLVANIA

Prosecutors appeal ex-senator’s sentence

PHILADELPHIA | U.S. prosecutors took the rare step Thursday to appeal the sentence handed down to long-powerful state Sen. Vincent Fumo in a sprawling corruption case.

Fumo is serving a 4 1/2-year sentence for defrauding the state Senate, a museum and a nonprofit of millions of dollars.

Prosecutors had sought at least a 15-year term for the Philadelphia Democrat, who was convicted last year of all 137 fraud and obstruction counts after a five-month trial. In an appeal filed Thursday, they call Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter’s decision “unreasonable” and “unduly lenient.”

The 67-year-old Fumo was convicted last year of using the groups to maintain his mansion, spy on political rivals, pay for yachting vacations and otherwise support his extravagant lifestyle.

PENTAGON

Advocates for gays warn against survey

An advocacy group for gays in the military is warning them not to answer a Pentagon survey seeking opinions on repeal of the policy that bans homosexuals from serving openly.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said Thursday that troops could be accidentally exposed by answering the survey and that the Defense Department has not agreed to grant immunity should that happen.

The survey was e-mailed to 400,000 service members as part of a wider review by a special working group that is studying how repeal of the policy might be implemented and how it could affect the military.

The Pentagon says the survey is confidential and is being conducted by an outside contractor who will strip out all identifying data. “They cannot be outed,” said Cynthia Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The legal defense group said it’s not so sure.

“At this time SLDN cannot recommend that lesbian, gay, or bisexual service members participate in any survey being administered by the Department of Defense, the Pentagon Working Group, or any third-party contractors,” Aubrey Sarvis, the defense group’s director, said in a statement.

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