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Independence Seaport Museum lawyer on stand in Fumo trial

Inquirer staff writer Emilie Lounsberry reports:

When the trial of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo resumes this morning, a lawyer who represented the Independence Seaport Museum will be back on the stand for more testimony.

Fumo, 65, a longtime powerful Democrat in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, is charged with defrauding the museum by getting free trips on yachts owned by the museum.

Another likely witness is Ken Snyder, who served as spokesman for Fumo and for the South Philadelphia nonprofit, Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods.

Fumo also is accused in the sweeping federal corruption indictment of defrauding Citizens' Alliance by getting the nonprofit to pay for power tools, vacuums and other household and personal items.

The trial is before U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter.

Contact staff writer Emilie Lounsberry at 215-854-4828 or at

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