Ex-mayor Sharpe James returns to Newark

(AP) - Supporters of former Newark Mayor SharpeJames are celebrating his return from prison.

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James stepped off a bus Tuesdayevening to a cheering crowd of a few hundred supporters, manyholding signs.

James left a federal prison camp in Virginia earlier Tuesdaywhere he was serving a sentence on corruption charges.

James was convicted in April 2008 on charges he abused hisoffice by steering city-owned land to his then-mistress. He began a27-month term in September 2008 and will serve the remainder of hissentence at a halfway house.

James, who also was a state senator, maintains his innocence andhas said he will continue to appeal his corruption conviction.

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