BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A judge has rejected a request by imprisoned former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano to have federal officials return two $4,000 suits, $5,000 in cash and other items seized from his home during a corruption probe.

U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill rejected Giordano’s motion in a ruling without elaboration Sunday. Another judge rejected a similar request in 2008.

Several people were convicted in the corruption investigation, but federal prosecutors said they didn’t charge Giordano because the probe uncovered evidence that resulted in Giordano receiving a 37-year prison sentence in 2003 for sexually abusing two girls ages 8 and 10 while he was mayor.

Giordano, a Republican, lost the 2000 election for U.S. Senate to then-Sen. Joe Lieberman.

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