Embattled mayor seeks postponement of federal trial

Jasiel Correia spoke with reporters after appearing in U.S. District Court in Boston September 6, 2019 to plead not guilty to corruption charges that led to his stepping down from the office of Fall River mayor. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts mayor facing federal investment fraud and extortion charges as well as prosecutors have asked a judge to delay his trial several months.

In a joint filing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors and lawyers for 27-year-old Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia requested that the trial, scheduled for February, be pushed back until June 1.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Dec. 12.

Correia pleaded not guilty in September to charges that he extorted money from marijuana companies.

He previously pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding investors in a smartphone app he was developing.

 

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