- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge has moved up a trial for Gov. Susana Martinez’s former campaign manager, who is charged with hijacking the campaign’s email system after Martinez took office.

U.S. District Judge William Johnson on Wednesday scheduled jury selection to start July 10 rather than July 15. Witness testimony is to begin July 14.

The judge denied a request by Jamie Estrada’s attorney to postpone the trial because the government had brought additional charges and that could make the trial longer.

Estrada has pleaded not guilty to charges of intercepting email in the campaign account and making false statements to federal investigators.

Martinez is a potential witness.

Estrada briefly served as campaign manager in 2009 as Martinez started her bid for governor.

The new schedule allows three weeks for the trial.



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