PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Proceedings in the upcoming corruption trial of state Sen. Vincent Fumo, the long-powerful Philadelphia Democrat, have been delayed for one week due to illness of the judge.
An official with the U.S. Attorney's office says the final selection of jurors, originally set for Monday, is now slated for Sept. 22 with opening statements to follow.
The 65-year-old Fumo is charged with 139 counts of fraud and corruption. Federal prosecutors allege that he misused more than $3.5 million in funds and resources from the Senate, a charity and a museum. Fumo insists that he's done nothing illegal.
Also charged in the case is Ruth Arnao (ahr-NAY'-oh), who ran the South Philadelphia charity.
The trial is expected to last three months. Many potential jurors were excused last week due to the hardship of such a trial, including lost income or pressing family concerns.