PORTAGE, Ind. (AP)
- An indicted northwest Indiana mayor hasn’t proved that the handling of
case-related emails warrant dismissing his corruption charges, according to
a federal prosecutor.
Portage Mayor James
Snyder recently filed a motion to have bribery and tax evasion charges
dismissed because trial attorneys saw emails he said were protected by
attorney-client privilege and contained information about work product and
legal strategy. Snyder also previously asked for the prosecution team’s
Snyder and his
attorney haven’t illustrated how the email situation infringes on Snyder’s
constitutional right to a fair trial, said Jill Koster, assistant U.S.
attorney. She said there’s no evidence the emails were privileged and the
defense hasn’t shown any resulting prejudice.
“Even if defendant
were able to meet his burden, he cites no support for the proposition that
indictments ought to be dismissed or prosecution teams disqualified when
attorney work-product is revealed,” Koster said.
Jackie M. Bennett Jr., filed a motion Monday asking the U.S. District Court
to compel prosecutors to turn over information about the government’s review
process of the emails.
filed a response that same day alleging the defense is starting a “fishing
expedition” with such information inquiries.
Snyder was indicted
in November 2016. He pleaded not guilty last year to bribery related to city
towing vendor and public works contracts, and tax evasion charges related to
Snyder’s private business. His trial is scheduled for June 4.
Snyder is a
Republican who was elected to his second term as Portage mayor in 2015.
former sheriff of neighboring Lake County, John Buncich, was sentenced in
January to more than 15 years in prison for a related case of accepting tens
of thousands of dollars in bribes from towing businesses.