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Mar 29, 2012 10:45 AM by Cecilia Stevenson

Monroe councilmen seek later date for trial

MONROE, La. (AP) - Attorneys for Monroe City Councilmen Robert Stevens and Arthur Gilmore are asking a judge to push back their trial date so they can have more time to prepare.

Stevens and Gilmore, convicted in May of racketeering and bribery, are awaiting a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert James on whether they will still have a new trial, which is scheduled April 16.

The News-Star reports the defense filed a motion Wednesday to continue the trial, which was followed on the same day by a response in opposition from the government.

In September, James granted the defense's motion for a new trial because the court was never made aware Eddie Hakim, the government's star witness, was facing an IRS investigation.

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