Rep. Chris Collins’ trial date set for 2020

A February 2020 trial date was set Thursday for a U.S. congressman indicted on federal insider trading charges.

U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick scheduled jury selection to begin Feb. 3, 2020, for U.S. Rep. Chris Collins after prosecutors relaxed their insistence that the trial must occur next year.

The 68-year-old Collins, a Republican, was not in court.

He remains on the ballot for re-election to the 27th District, a right-leaning area between Buffalo and Rochester that includes the western half of Ontario County (including Canandaigua, Victor and Farmington). Collins has pleaded not guilty.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Hartman had first pushed to have the trial set for next year even as defense lawyers said they needed more time to adequately prepare their case.

“Mr. Collins has been on notice the government was investigating him for some time,” Hartman said, noting that Collins has appeared on television insisting he is innocent of the charges.

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