Lafayette

Mar 11, 2013 9:37 AM by AP

Request to move trial withdrawn by club owner

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The owner of Desperado's Cabaret strip club in Carencro has decided he does not want his federal trial moved out of Lafayette after all.

Scott Iles, the Lafayette attorney representing James Panos in federal court, asked last week to withdraw a previous request to move his trial outside of Lafayette.

Panos had claimed publicity in the case would make it difficult to seat an unbiased jury.

In the motion, Iles said that moving the trial out of Lafayette could create a potential hardship for witnesses that the defense may call.

Panos was arrested during a Dec. 5 raid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He pleaded not guilty in January to a federal charge of conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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