Court Agrees to Delay Renzi’s Corruption Trial Until October

Posted April 8, 2008 at 11:47am

A federal court has granted a request by Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) to delay his corruption trial.

The trial date, originally set for April 29, has been postponed to Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m., according to documents filed Monday with the U.S. District Court of Arizona.

Renzi’s attorneys on March 26 filed a motion to delay the trial, arguing that the case was complex and that the government had not yet provided the defense with the evidence it would need to prepare for the trial.

The 35-count indictment against Renzi, filed by the Justice Department in February, alleges that the Congressman offered to support legislation that favored a mining company in exchange for a property deal between the company and his former business partner and that he embezzled money from his family’s insurance business to fund his campaign. Renzi has denied all charges and entered a plea of not guilty.

— Torey Van Oot