A federal judge has laid out a schedule of deadlines leading to a tentative fall trial in the federal theft and money-laundering indictment of former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque.
U.S. District Court Senior Judge Malcolm J. Howard, in an order signed last week, cautioned attorneys on both sides that failing to meet his deadlines could result in the tardy motions being denied.
Such motions might include defense requests that prosecutors share evidence or that some evidence be suppressed, the judge noted in his order.
Howard will preside over the trial, which he proposes to start Oct. 9 at the federal courthouse in Greenville. Responses to motions would have to be filed by the end of September.
N.C. Policy Watch, which first broke the story of LaRoques questionable management of federal loans, reported the scheduling order earlier Tuesday.
LaRoque, a Kinston Republican, was indicted in July. Federal prosecutors say he enriched himself through nonprofit and for-profit entities that acted as middle men to direct loan funds to struggling businesses in rural areas through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program.
LaRoque has denied any wrongdoing. He resigned from the General Assembly as a result of the indictment.
Burr: Akin should withdraw
Sen. Richard Burr has joined the list of Republican leaders calling on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from his bid for a Senate seat after Akin used the phrase legitimate rape when talking about abortion and pregnancy.
Congressman Akins comments about rape were outrageous, offensive, and, simply put, wrong, Burr said. I urge him to do the right thing and withdraw from the Missouri Senate race now.
Akin issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he would stay in the race, effectively ignoring a 5 p.m. deadline for withdrawal that would have allowed another Republican to take his place on the ballot.
Hudson asked to speak at RNC
Republican Richard Hudson, who is looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in North Carolinas 8th Congressional District, has been invited to speak at the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa.
He is one of the only candidates running for a House seat who has been invited to address the convention, his staff said.
I am honored to have the opportunity to shine a national spotlight on how President Obamas policies supported by Larry Kissell are failing the people of the 8th District, Hudson said.
Kissell, a Biscoe Democrat, is seen as one of the most vulnerable House Democrats in this years election. William Harris, GOP convention chief, said Hudson is part of the future of the party.
Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected in the Tampa Bay area for the Republican convention, including delegates, media, and demonstrators.
Malone fundraiser is Sunday
Charles Malone, the Democratic candidate for the 13th Congressional District, will host a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Green Room of the Hibernian Pub in the Glenwood South neighborhood of Raleigh.
Congressman David Price will attend and make remarks.
Malone, who lives in Raleigh, will also be campaigning on Thursday in Nashville.
No details of that event were provided.
Malone is running against former U.S. Attorney George Holding for the seat, which will represent parts of Wake, Durham and seven other counties.
Staff writers Craig Jarvis and Franco Ordonez
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