Thursday, February 28, 2008

No trial for Smith until summer in Isle of Capri case

It looks as though Sen. Jeff Smith will not stand trial until sometime this summer in the Isle of Capri case.
The case had originally been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, according to Cooper County Circuit Court records, but was delayed and it looks as though Smith is fighting the misdemeanor charge tooth and nail.
Court records indicate a motion hearing will be held 2:30 p.m. April 22, with all discovery to be completed by June 10, meaning that no trial will be held for Smith until long after the 2008 legislative session is completed.
The trial apparently will be held sometime in July.

Smith is charged with presenting false identification in order to gamble at the Isle of Capri casino in Boonville during a lobbyist-financed junket on July 31. At the suggestion of lobbyist Lynne Schlosser, he purportedly used the identification of Rep. Joe Aull, D-Kansas City to gamble.

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