High-Speed Chase Turned Deadly ????
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) is pleading not guilty to charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI.
His trial is set to begin in February 2020.
Per Roll Call:
Rep. Chris Collins pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment on Thursday in New York, where he, his son Cameron Collins and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron Collins’ onetime fiancee, were initially indicted in August 2018 on insider trading charges and lying to the FBI.
Prosecutors have dropped three of the original eight securities fraud charges against Collins and two against his son and Zarsky in order to speed up the pretrial process in time for the trial slated for Feb. 3, 2020.
The defense team for Collins, a longtime Republican from New York’s 27th District, could delay that trial date for the congressman through a potentially lengthy pretrial appeals process.
U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick stressed Thursday that he does not want that: 2020 is an election year and Broderick is scheduled to preside over another trial beginning in April that could last for months.