Former John Liu aides try to appeal 2013 conviction

Jia (Jenny) Hou got a 10-month sentence after her conviction for violating campaign finance laws. Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News

Jia (Jenny) Hou got a 10-month sentence after her conviction for violating campaign finance laws.

Enlarge Xing Wu (Oliver) Pan was sentenced to four months behind bars for violating campaign finance laws. Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News

Xing Wu (Oliver) Pan was sentenced to four months behind bars for violating campaign finance laws.

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Jia (Jenny) Hou (l.) got a 10-month sentence after her conviction for violating campaign finance laws. Xing Wu (Oliver) Pan was sentenced to four months behind bars for violating campaign finance laws.

Two aides to former city Controller John Liu appeared before an appeals court Wednesday to try and overturn their 2013 fraud convictions.

Feds accused Jia (Jenny) Hou, treasurer of Liu’s failed mayoral campaign, and Xingwu (Oliver) Pan, a fund-raiser, of using straw voters to take advantage of the city’s matching funds program.

Lawyers for Hou, who got a 10-month sentence and Pan, who got four months, said their clients shouldn’t be charged with a crime because they intended no harm and reaped no benefits. Judge Peter Hall asked if “Al Qaeda had not been able to hit the World Trade Center and no harm resulted,” the attorney would try a similar argument.

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