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Schock trial pushed to June

CHICAGO - Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is expected to stand trial June 10 in a federal courthouse in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The U.S. Department of Justice is reassigning U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's case to a different prosecution team outside of the central Illinois area. 

This comes after various changes in the trial.

According to court documents filed in August, the U.S. Attorney's office in Springfield stated "The Department of Justice is in the process of reassigning the prosecution of this matter to a different prosecution team outside of the Central District of Illinois.”

“This case should have been over before it began; nonetheless, we welcome the opportunity new prosecutors will now have to evaluate the matter," Schock's attorney George J. Terwilliger, III said in a statement to WMBD in August. 

During a status hearing Friday at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, Kennelly vacated the previous Jan. 28, 2019, trial date and set a new one for June 10, 2019, the Tribune reports. Kennelly said he would like to block out one month, but he didn’t think the trial should go on for longer than that.

The former 18th Congressional District congressman was indicted in November 2016 for wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, filing a false tax return, making false statements and falsification of federal election commission filings. 

Schock resigned in 2015 following a government inquiry regarding his spending. 

The August documents said that it will take time for attorneys from the new prosecution team to become familiar with facts of the case, charges and the procedural history in order to appropriately respond to the pending motions and determining any new motions. 

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