A federal judge Thursday rescheduled the start of the trial of Rob Walker, the one-time chief aide to former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, until after Mangano’s retrial on corruption charges.
A trial date of Sept. 17 had been set for the start of Walker’s trial. Mangano’s former chief deputy county attorney, Walker faces charges of obstruction of justice and lying to FBI agents in a case unrelated to Mangano.
The timing of Walker’s September trial meant it would have likely generated news coverage and ended shortly before the scheduled Oct. 9 start of the federal retrial of Mangano and his wife, Linda, raising the possibility of publicity affecting potential jurors in the former county executive’s case.
Federal prosecutors had argued in court papers that the Walker trial did not have to be moved because any potential juror prejudice about the Mangano case would be adequately addressed during selection of the panel as well as “by the Court’s jury instructions.”
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