California Lawmaker Wants Corruption Trial Postponed

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U.S. Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, who is facing corruption charges, wants his Sept. 10 trial postponed while his attorneys appeal a San Diego judge’s refusal to dismiss the case.

Attorneys for the California lawmaker are expected to ask the same federal judge on Tuesday to push the trial back to Oct. 29 so the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals can rule first on their appeal of his July 8 ruling, according to court documents they filed.

Hunter and his wife were indicted in August of 2018 on charges they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses ranging from groceries to golf trips and family vacations. Prosecutors have also said Hunter spent campaign money on a string of extramarital affairs.

The Marine combat veteran has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty this summer to one corruption count and agreed to cooperate with investigators.

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