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Renzi Trial Delayed Until January

Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) will not face trial on corruption charges until January 2010, after a federal judge agreed Thursday to once again delay the case, citing ongoing pretrial activity, according to court documents.“Based on the posture of the case at this time, the current trial date is not feasible,— states a court-issued summary of the telephone conference last week between U.S District Judge David Bury, federal prosecutors and attorneys for Renzi and his co-defendants.Renzi is charged in a 44-count indictment that alleges the former Member used his legislative position to push a land deal to benefit a former business partner and also embezzled money from his insurance firm to finance his first campaign.The delay marks the third time this year the former lawmaker’s trial date has been pushed back to allow both defense and prosecution attorneys to work on pretrial motions, which have largely focused on disputes over whether the government evidence-gathering in the case violated the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause, which protects lawmakers from prosecution for legislative activity.

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