The judge presiding over the federal case against 14 alleged horse dopers approved a motion to extend the timeline by one month this Friday, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News, pushing the start of the trial back until after Labor Day. Filed by the attorney for Jason Servis, Rita Glavin, and supported by attorneys for the other 13 defendants, the motion was filed to give the defense more time to sift through the large amount of evidence in the case.

“Given the volume of discovery that we are still reviewing, I respectfully request that the Phase Two Motions schedule be modified as follows: defense motions due June 28, government response due July 28, and defense replies due on Aug. 11,” Glavin wrote.

Currently, the court case is the first round of hearing “dispositive motions” filed by the defense in an effort to have some of the charges dropped. The second round of motions, which is what was extended Friday, deal with requests to suppress evidence and/or expert testimony. A status hearing is scheduled for May 14.

On Mar. 9, one year to date from the first arrests in the case, Scott Robinson was sentenced to 18 months in prison. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken handed down the sentence on Tuesday after Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy in September 2020.

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.





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