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Feds want October start trial for NY Congressman

NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal prosecutors want to start Republican New York Rep. Michael Grimm's tax evasion trial in October, a month before Election Day.
  
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Gatta said in court Monday that motion procedures and hearings in the case could be held by the end of September with a trial starting the following month.
  
Grimm has been indicted on 20 counts for allegedly evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant.
  
The Staten Island lawmaker and former FBI agent has pleaded not guilty. He says he's the target of a political witch hunt aimed at driving him out of office.
  
The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1wSr6qm ) says Grimm's new attorney wanted a three- to four-week delay so he could review case material.
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   Information from: Staten Island Advance, http://www.silive.com
  
AP-WF-07-22-14 0836GMT