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Stockman Defense Team Saddened By Conviction

An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman says he's "very disappointed and sad" that a federal jury in Houston convicted Stockman of multiple fraud and conspiracy counts.

Jurors agreed with federal prosecutors that the Republican misused charitable donations to pay for personal and political expenses.

Sean Buckley says he and Stockman's two other defense attorneys had hoped jurors would find that the funds were used for political purposes with the donors' knowledge and at least tacit approval. Buckley says the defense theory is that Stockman's charity "mega-donors" were donating to support Stockman's political activities, as well as his charitable projects.

Stockman remains in custody pending sentencing Aug. 17. Each of the multiple fraud counts carries a punishment of up to 20 years in prison.
 

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