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Defense eager to attack NYC ballot-line case

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm •  Published: July 19, 2013

All the defendants have pleaded not guilty. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Judge Kenneth Karas set a complicated schedule for motions — a short-term schedule for legal challenges to the indictment and a long-term schedule, reaching into January, for other motions such as attacks on the evidence.

Defense teams have been looking through the government's evidence since April, and Kramer said, "The deeper we delve into this case the more confident we are of the outcome."

Much of the evidence comes from recordings made by an undercover FBI agent and a cooperating witness. Kramer would not say whether he planned to allege entrapment.

The motion schedule ensures there won't be a trial at least until early next year.

Prosecutor Douglas Bloom said he feared such a long delay "could be against the public interest." Karas then warned the lawyers, "If anyone wants an extension of time, they're going to have to make a compelling case."