Rick Renzi asks for another hearing in appeal

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi has asked a federal court to grant another hearing in his appeal of his convictions on corruption, money laundering and other charges.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his convictions after his lawyers argued that prosecutors had violated a constitutional clause that grants members of Congress protection for their legislative acts.

Renzi is asking a larger panel of the court to consider his appeal.

He was convicted of conspiring to use his government post to make two companies buy land owned by his former business associate so that the associate could repay a debt he owed to Renzi.

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

He chose not to run for re-election.

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