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NY Rep. Grimm’s trial set for December

Posted at 11:53 AM, Sep 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-02 11:53:24-04

NEW YORK (AP) – A judge has scheduled New York Congressman Michael Grimm’s tax evasion trial for December.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen told lawyers at a hearing on Tuesday that jury selection will begin Dec. 1.

She rejected defense arguments that the trial should be put off until next year. He is running for re-election this year.

The Republican congressman was indicted earlier this year. He’s charged with evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant.

The Staten Island lawmaker and former FBI agent has pleaded not guilty. He says he’s the target of a political witch hunt aimed at driving him out of office.

Grimm left court without speaking to reporters.