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Jury Selection Begins In McDade Trial

PHILADELPHIA (AllPolitics, June 10) -- Jury selection began in the trial of U.S. Rep. Joseph McDade (R-Pa.), accused of accepting $100,000 worth of cash and gratuities from a defense contractor and a former White House staffer.

McDade, the second-ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said he is not guilty of the bribery, conspiracy and racketeering charges against him. "I'm going to be acquitted because I'm innocent," said McDade, who was indicted in 1992.

McDade succeeded in delaying the trial by seeking to throw out the five-count indictment. The question went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it declined to hear his appeal.

Despite the long-standing charges against him, McDade has been re-elected and he won his April GOP primary by a 53-47 percent margin.

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