A federal judge has denied a request by Aaron Schock’s lawyers for a review of grand jury transcripts.
Schock’s legal team contends that federal prosecutors improperly instructed or mislead members of a grand jury investigating allegations of misconduct and fraud against the former congressman from Peoria.
The Journal Star reports that in a 10-page order Thursday, U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce disagreed with Schock’s lawyers, saying “This is ‘second guessing’ of the grand jury’s determination.”
Bruce said, “This court is comfortable concluding that Defendant’s disagreement with a portion of three witnesses’ grand jury testimony along with a triple hearsay note are simply not enough to require the extraordinary relief Defendant is requesting.”
A request to review information related to a secret informant and pending motions could be discussed by Judge Bruce Friday.
Schock’s corruption trial is set to begin July 10, but his lawyers have requested that his trial be delayed until January.
Judge Bruce has stated that he doesn’t expect Schock’s trial to start in July.
Schock, 35, was indicted in November on charges of wire and mail fraud, making false statements, filing a false tax return, theft of government funds and falsification of Federal Election Commission filings.
Schock was elected to Congress in 2008, and resigned in 2015 after his spending habits of government and campaign funds were brought to light.