HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernest Newton II could learn next month whether charges accusing him of fraudulently obtaining public campaign funds will be dismissed.

Newton is asking Hartford Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander to drop the larceny and campaign finance charges.

The Connecticut Post reports that Newton appeared in court Monday and was told the judge could rule by Sept. 23.

Newton was charged in January with filing false documentation to obtain more than $80,000 in public campaign funds during his failed attempt to regain his old state Senate seat last year.

The comeback effort came three years after he finished a prison sentence for using campaign money for personal spending.

Newton’s lawyer, Darnell Crosland, says even if the charges aren’t dismissed, he’s confident Newton will be acquitted.

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