SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Defense lawyers have recommended that a federal trial be scheduled no earlier than January 2018 for Joseph Percoco, the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo charged with corruption, and three other defendants including Cor Development executives Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi.
Citing a voluminous pile of evidence to sort through, totaling as much as 11 million pages, Percoco lawyer Barry Bohrer said defense lawyers would have trouble preparing for a trial any earlier. Attorneys for Aiello, Gerardi and a fourth defendant, Peter Galbraith Kelly, concurred with the request for a January 2018 trial date, according to a letter Bohrer filed with the court today.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni has said she will set a trial date Thursday after conferring with attorneys in court. Bohrer's letter was intended to "facilitate discussion,'' he wrote.
At least three of the eight defendants in the case are likely to request a different trial date, Bohrer wrote. Three Buffalo-area defendants, all of whom worked for LPCiminelli, have indicated they do not want a January 2018 trial, Bohrer said.
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Source: Syracuse.com (via The Empire Report)