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Suspended Miami Lakes mayor's bribery trial delayed


The federal bribery trial of suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has been pushed back to July 8 because of the time-consuming task of transcribing FBI undercover recordings that prosecutors say reveal his accepting thousands of dollars for doing political favors.

Pizzi, 51, who was arrested in August following a two-year sting operation, was initially scheduled to face trial on May 5. But his attorneys, Ed Shohat and Ben Kuehne, asked U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on Wednesday for a two-month delay so they could obtain and evaluate the audio recordings at the heart of the government’s case against their client.

Pizzi is accused of accepting $6,750 in kickbacks from FBI undercover agents posing as sleazy Chicago businessmen in exchange for supporting sham federal grant applications.

More here.