Prosecuting and defense attorneys have agreed to ask a federal appellate court to put former state Sen. Raphael Musto’s appeal of court rulings in his corruption case on hold for two months in light of Musto’s rapidly deteriorating health.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a “motion to stay briefing schedule” Monday with the U.S. Third Circuit Court of appeals. The motion notes Musto’s attorneys consented to the request.
The motion outlines the history of Musto’s case from a grand jury indictment on honest service frauds in November 2010 to a judge’s ruling in January that Musto was physically competent but mentally incompetent to stand trial, then sent him to the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C. Musto has appealed several rulings in that saga.
Musto was released from Butner this month after doctors reported he has an advanced form of lymph cancer and may not live more than a few months.