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Judge refuses to delay Kevin White's bribery trial

TAMPA — A federal judge on Friday rejected a motion to delay the Sept. 26 corruption trial of former Hillsborough County commissioner Kevin White.

U.S. District Court Judge James D. Whittemore told attorneys for White and co-defendant George Hondrellis, owner of Tampa City Towing, that the court's calendar was packed, making it difficult to find time for a two-week trial.

"I don't have two weeks to give you," Whittemore said. "I encourage you to be diligent. Get ready."

An attorney for Hondrellis told Whittemore about technical difficulties downloading recordings provided by U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill's office. In a motion, attorney Chinwe Fossett said she had received 162 recordings and 7,000 documents from prosecutors.

White has pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges, including bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to an FBI agent. Hondrellis, who also has pleaded not guilty, faces identical charges, except for lying to the FBI.

The indictment said White and his late father, Gerald White, schemed to take $8,000 in bribes and a 2003 Lincoln Navigator in exchange for getting tow truck permits approved while he was the chair of the Public Transportation Commission.

Judge refuses to delay Kevin White's bribery trial 08/05/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 11:13am]
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