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U.S. top court rejects convicted congressman Renzi's appeal [6/29/2015 GMT]

A television news assistant runs to his co-workers with printed copies of U.S. Supreme Court decisions at the court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by former congressman Richard Renzi seeking to challenge his 2013 conviction stemming from a proposed federal land swap deal the Arizona Republican pushed when in office. The court's refusal to hear separate appeals filed by Renzi, who was given a three-year prison sentence for fraud, extortion and money laundering, and co-defendant James Sandlin means both men's convictions remain intact. Renzi was convicted on charges stemming from coercing an investment group in 2005 to buy land from former business partner Sandlin, who then funneled corporate checks to Renzi.


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