Holton trial dates set

Trial expected to last three days

May 21, 2010|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Despite open questions before the state's Court of Special Appeals, dates were set Thursday in the trial of Baltimore Councilwoman Helen L. Holton on charges of campaign-finance violations.

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Despite appeal efforts, dates were set Thursday for the campaign finance violations trial of Baltimore Councilwoman Helen L. Holton.

Judge Dennis M. Sweeney plans to hear the case Oct. 5 through Oct. 8 in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Jury selection is set for Oct. 4, and pre-trial motions will be heard Sept. 10, according to a judiciary spokeswoman.

The dates were set during a scheduling conference with attorneys Thursday. Still, Holton's lawyers are hoping the case will be dismissed, while prosecutors are hoping it will be expanded.

Prosecutors argued before Maryland's Court of Special Appeals this month that dismissed bribery charges should be reinstated. Meanwhile, Holton's defense team argued that the campaign finance charges also should be dropped. No decisions have been announced.

Holton was indicted last year on charges she conspired to violate campaign finance limits and illegally conducted campaign activity outside of a campaign organization.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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