PHILADELPHIA – Prosecutors want to send the longtime mayor of Newark, N.J., back to prison to serve more time for steering sweetheart land deals to a mistress.
But a lawyer for 74-year-old Sharpe James asked a U.S. appeals court to reverse his conviction.
James is in a halfway house finishing up a 27-month sentence after leaving prison this month. A jury convicted him of helping mistress Tamika Riley get the redevelopment deals.
Prosecutors say Riley flipped the $46,000 land for $665,000. They say a federal judge ignored those profits in calculating James' sentence. They had sought a 20-year term.
An appeals court hearing arguments Tuesday in Philadelphia asked if either side really wants to revisit the case.
James served as Newark's mayor from 1986 to 2006.
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