CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the public corruption conviction of Lake County's former county clerk.
Tuesday's ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals states there was strong evidence Thomas Philpot knowingly violated state law when he pocketed taxpayer money.
Philpot was sentenced in January to 18 months in prison for stealing more than $24,000 from federal child support incentive funds he controlled. Prosecutors said he pocketed the money as a salary bonus.
The Post-Tribune and The Times of Munster report Philpot's defense lawyers argued that he couldn't get a fair trial because of pretrial publicity generated by media accounts of the case.
But the appeals court rejected that argument, finding that the stories were factual and appeared more than a year before the trial took place.
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