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Imprisoned RI ex-mayor wants conviction vacated

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 2:04 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The imprisoned ex-mayor of a financially troubled Rhode Island city wants a federal judge to vacate his corruption conviction and release him after an appeals court ruled the charge to which he pleaded guilty isn't a crime.

Charles Moreau's lawyer filed a motion Thursday asking the judge to schedule a hearing.

Moreau was mayor of Central Falls, just north of Providence. He pleaded guilty to corruptly accepting a gratuity by an official receiving federal funds. He accepted a furnace and home renovations from a city contractor. He's around halfway through a two-year sentence.

In an unrelated case last year, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the charge isn't a crime.

Moreau's lawyer says the conviction is invalid and he should be released.

Moreau was imprisoned in Maryland but is now held in Rhode Island.