- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors have agreed to a request that an ailing former Pennsylvania senator in a federal prison on corruption charges to be temporarily released for an examination by his own doctors.

Attorneys for 85-year-old Raphael Musto say he has cancer and may have as little as two months to live.

Musto was being evaluated at a North Carolina federal medical facility after a judge in January declared him mentally unfit to stand trial.

His lawyers want Musto to be released so he can be examined by his northeastern Pennsylvania oncologist. Prosecutors on Monday said they won’t fight that request.

Musto is in custody on charges he accepted cash and other perks for helping obtain taxpayer money for development projects, and took additional cash for helping a municipality get state loans.


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