- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi faces a Thursday deadline for seeking another hearing from an appeals court that has upheld his convictions on corruption, money laundering and other charges.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to throw out Renzi’s three-year prison sentence and conviction after his lawyers argued that prosecutors had violated a constitutional clause that grants members of Congress protection for their legislative acts.

Renzi was convicted of conspiring to use his government post to make two companies buy land owned by his former business associate so that the associate could repay a debt he owed to the congressman.

The Republican represented Arizona’s sprawling 1st Congressional District from 2003 until early 2009.

He chose not to run for re-election in 2008.



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