Saturday, October 17, 2009

Trial delayed


I don't know how long the continuance will be for. But it could be a while if they're waiting on a SCOTUS decision on a similar case.

Judge grants Connolly trial delay
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

The trial for embattled public relations consultant T.J. Connolly, who is charged with felony election code violations, has again been postponed — this time, pending the U.S. Supreme Court's review of a case that could affect his.

Connolly was set to go on trial Oct. 26, but state District Judge Mary Roman agreed to grant Connolly an indefinite continuance Friday after his lawyer cited the Supreme Court's decision to review a District of Columbia case dealing with corporate campaign spending and a person's right to free speech.

The case initially started when a Virginia-based conservative advocacy group called Citizens United challenged a Federal Election Commission's decision that prevented them from airing ads promoting a movie critical of then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton prior to the 2008 Democratic primaries. Citizens United claimed its free speech rights were violated.

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