Giordano loses latest appeal of prison term for child sex

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano has lost his latest appeal of his 37-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting two young girls while in office.

A federal judge in Bridgeport rejected Giordano’s request to set aside or correct his sentence Wednesday. Giordano claimed his lawyer during his trial, Andrew Bowman, made mistakes and the prison sentence is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill’s decision says many of Giordano’s claims already were rejected by a federal appeals court.

Giordano was convicted in 2003 of violating the civil rights of two girls, ages 8 and 10, by sexually abusing them while he was mayor. Three years earlier, the Republican lost the election for U.S. Senate to Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Giordano also was sentenced to 18 years in prison on state child-sex charges.

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