Is federal fraud case against Farnese falling apart? Judge: ‘It’s terribly close’

January 27, 2017

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Jeremy Roebuck

The judge presiding over State Sen. Larry Farnese’s federal fraud trial said the defense made “strong” arguments Thursday seeking to persuade her to take the uncommon step of throwing out a case after the trial had begun.


Arguing Thursday, defense lawyer Mark Sheppard said two days of government testimony had failed to prove any clear quid pro quo in which Chapman agreed to sell her vote.

“You have a completely innocent explanation for what the government claims is nefarious activity,” he said. “At this stage, the government hasn’t done anything more than prove that both [explanations] are equally possible. And the law says that’s not enough.”


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Farnese is represented by Montgomery McCracken partner Mark B. Sheppard.