Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia has resigned from Congress two days after his conviction in a racketeering case.
The 11-term congressman said Thursday that he'll leave earlier than planned out of respect for House leadership and to avoid being a distraction.
Fattah had said this week he would leave office when he is sentenced in October.
The 59-year-old lost the spring primary weeks before his trial began.
A jury on Tuesday convicted him on all 22 counts in a case that centered on his misuse of federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an illegal $1 million campaign...