- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A New York politician accused of corruption won’t be able to delay his trial so that it comes after his primary election.

A federal judge has denied a motion from state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

Smith wanted the judge to wait until this year’s primary date is set, then schedule the trial for afterward.

Judge Kenneth Karas set the trial for June 2.

Smith will be tried with former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran and former Queens Republican leader Vincent Tabone.

The case alleges a scheme to get Smith, a Democrat, the Republican line on New York City’s mayoral election ballot.

Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin has been severed from the case and is to be tried separately.

All have pleaded not guilty.



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