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Federal judge in Tucson denies new trial for Renzi

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal judge in Arizona has denied motions to reverse the convictions of former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi and grant him a new trial.

Renzi was convicted in June on public corruption, money laundering and other charges.

He's scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Tucson. The U.S. Probation Office has recommended a 33-month federal prison term.

Renzi's lawyers argued that the evidence wasn't enough to back up the jury's verdict. A judge denied the motions on Friday.

The 55-year-old Renzi was accused of using his office for personal financial gain and looting a family insurance business to help pay for his 2002 campaign.

He represented Arizona's sprawling 1st Congressional District from early 2003 until early 2009.

Renzi chose not to run for re-election in 2008 while facing the federal indictment.

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