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Aaron Schock's attorneys ask for delay in fraud trial

Aaron Schock
Aaron Schock

PEORIA – Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock asked a judge on Wednesday to move his trial date to January.

In an eight-page motion, George J. Terwilliger asked for the expected delay, saying several pending motions and motions anticipated later after all the evidence was handed over by the government, made a delay necessary. The government, he said, doesn’t oppose the motion.

“This is a complex case involving sensitive constitutional issues and voluminous discovery, which is not yet complete despite the court’s deadlines. Mr. Schock anticipates filing additional motions once discovery is complete,” he wrote in the motion.

Schock, 35, was indicted in November on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, making false statements, filing a false tax return, theft of government funds and falsification of Federal Election Commission filings. The charges allege a course of conduct that began when the Peoria Republican was first elected to Congress in 2008 and continued until October 2015, about 6 months after he resigned from office.

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