Gov't: No Delay Needed In Trial Of Ex-Easley Aide

Federal prosecutors say a former aide to ex-North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley should go on trial this spring because Ruffin Poole and his attorney have had enough time and help to prepare.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Bruce and Dennis Duffy this week filed a response to a request by Poole's lawyer to delay his corruption trial from April 26 to August.

Defense attorney Joe Zeszotarski said he has to go through 36,000 pages of documents and scores of boxes, folders and grand jury transcripts.

Judge Terrence Boyle will decide whether to delay the trial.

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