- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A New York politician being prosecuted on corruption charges wants to put off his trial until his re-election race is decided.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s attorney asked a federal judge Friday to wait until this year’s primary date is set, then schedule the trial for afterward.

He said Smith, a Queens Democrat, should run for office “unfettered.”

The prosecutor, however, said voters would be better served with a verdict before the election.

The state Legislature is considering when to hold this year’s primaries. In Smith’s district, the Democratic primary almost always determines the winner.

The judge told both sides to submit written arguments.

Smith and three co-defendants have pleaded not guilty. The case alleges a plot to buy a spot for Smith on New York City’s mayoral election ballot.

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