Ex-Pa. state senator takes stand in fraud trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Former Pennsylvania state senator Vincent Fumo has taken the stand at his own federal corruption trial.

Fumo is expected to be on the stand for more than a day. He's charged with defrauding the senate, a charity and a museum out of $3.5 million.

He began by telling jurors about his childhood in South Philadelphia.

Earlier Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell testified in Fumo's defense, saying his sometime rival worked hard for the state.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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