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Friday, May 22, 2009

Sentencing delayed for two months

Not sure what to make of this:

The sentencing of the top aide to former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon’s has been postponed for two months.

Russell James Caso Jr., Weldon’s former chief of staff, was to be sentenced on Friday. The court date was pushed back until July 30, according to documents filed in the case.

Caso, a Navy veteran who played football at Temple University, pleaded guilty in December 2007 to a conspiracy charge for intentionally failing to disclose $17,500 his wife had received for work she did for a Weldon-connected nonprofit. Federal prosecutors allege Caso’s wife “performed little work” for the $17,500.

Caso’s sentencing was delayed indefinitely while he cooperated with a Justice Department investigation. Federal authorities were looking into allegations that Weldon used his congressional office to steer nearly $1 million worth of contracts to Solutions North America, a consulting firm run by former Springfield Republic Party Chairman Charles Sexton Jr. and Karen Weldon, the congressman’s daughter.

In October 2006, the FBI raided the homes and Media office of Sexton and Karen Weldon. Three weeks later, Weldon, a 10-term Republican from Thornbury, lost his seat three weeks later to Joe Sestak, D-7, of Edgmont.

Caso faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.


Reset Hearings as to RUSSELL JAMES CASO, JR: Sentencing currently scheduled for 5/22/09 @ 9:45am is hereby RESCHEDULED for 7/30/2009 @ 2:00 PM in Courtroom 27A before Judge Henry H. Kennedy. (tj ) (Entered: 05/14/2009)