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Judge OKs ailing former Pa. lawmaker to return to Pa. from federal medical prison


WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — A federal judge has ruled that an ailing former northeastern Pennsylvania senator in prison on corruption charges can return home for an examination by his own doctors.

Attorneys for 85-year-old Raphael Musto say he has cancer and may have as little as two months to live.

A federal judge on Friday approved his lawyers' request that he be released from a federal medical prison in North Carolina, where he was sent in January after being declared mentally unfit to stand trial.

While there, he was diagnosed with advanced-stage lymph cell cancer.

Musto is in custody on charges he accepted cash and other perks for helping obtain taxpayer money for development projects, and took additional cash for helping a municipality get state loans.

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