TAMPA — A judge has denied the latest bid to delay the federal corruption and bribery trial of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White.
U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore on Wednesday rejected without comment a bid by attorneys for White's co-defendant, George Hondrellis, to postpone the trial from Sept. 26 until November.
Attorneys told the judge they needed more time to review 162 audio recordings, and they said they needed to investigate an issue involving the mental health of Hondrellis, owner of Tampa City Towing. Lawyers provided no details, saying they would tell the judge in private.
The request for a trial continuance was unopposed by White's attorney and 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 has also pleaded not guilty, faces identical charges, except for lying to the FBI.