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Gillum and Lettman-Hicks want their federal corruption trials to be postponed until next year

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Lydell Rawls
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WFSU Public Media
Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, after he was released until his trial on charges of fraud and lying to the FBI.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and his longtime campaign adviser Sharon Lettman-Hicks are asking the federal government to postpone their trials until next year. The two were indicted last month and accused of several campaign finance-related crimes.

Gillum and Lettman-Hicks were indicted on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The federal government claims the two illegally steered political donations to their personal accounts. Gillum is also charged with lying about a trip he took to New York City that was funded by undercover FBI agents posing as developers.

Gillum’s request to postpone his trial is similar to Lettman-Hicks’s. Attorneys for both say they have several other cases that will soon go to trial and are still working their way through the mountain of evidence provided to them by the federal government.

The original trial date was Aug. 16 at the federal courthouse in Tallahassee. A district judge has already approved Lettman-Hicks’s request to postpone. The charges are part of a long-running probe that led to convictions against former city commissioner Scott Maddox, his longtime associate Paige Carter Smith, and local businessman J.T. Burnette.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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