Arredondo trial now set to start Sept. 5 - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Arredondo trial now set to start Sept. 5

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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4:42 pm

The start of an Arizona legislator’s trial on federal criminal charges is being postponed so his lawyers can review material provided by prosecutors.

Democratic Rep. Ben Arredondo of Tempe was to go on trial July 3, but Judge Frederick Martone’s order Tuesday reschedules it for Sept. 5.

Defense lawyers said they need to study thousands of pages of documents and 50 hours of recordings from a three-year undercover FBI investigation.

Prosecutors say the material has little or no connection to Arredondo’s case but that they are providing it out of what they called “an abundance of caution.”

Arredondo has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of soliciting and accepting sports and event tickets from FBI undercover agents and of disclosing confidential information while a Tempe City Council member.

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