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US: Judge delays bid rigging trials until May 2018

 |  July 19, 2017

A federal judge has “severed” the corruption trials and also delayed the starts of the trials of Louis Ciminelli and the other Buffalo defendants, who will be tried separately from Joseph Percocco, a former top aide to the governor.

Even though all eight defendants were part of the federal prosecution alleging bid rigging and corruption in state development projects, US District Court Judge Valerie Caproni ordered the trial for six of the individuals – including Ciminelli and former SUNY Polytechnic head Alain Kaloyeros – for “not sooner than” next May 15.

In her two-page written order (found HERE), the judge noted that both prosecutors and defense lawyers were on board with separating the case into two trials.

Federal prosecutors last year brought a wide-ranging case against Percoco, Ciminelli and others over alleged bid-rigging and bribery charges connected to economic development projects from Buffalo to Orange County.

Full Content: The Buffalo News

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