United States: Judge denies motions to dismiss bribery charge against disgraced former Portage mayor

A judge denied Thursday two motions to dismiss a soliciting bribes charge former Portage Mayor James Snyder will be retried on, according to court records.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa Springmann, in Hammond, denied a motion to dismiss the bribery charge on double jeopardy grounds and another motion to dismiss the bribery charge on supervisory power of the court. Springmann ordered a Nov. 2 conference in the case.

Snyder’s attorneys argued that the double jeopardy standard applies in this case because brothers Robert and Steve Buha, former owners of Great Lakes Peterbilt, were granted immunity with “no-notice, mid-trial” following a grand jury testimony that took “the Court completely by surprise,” according to court records. With their testimony, according to documents filed by Snyder’s legal team, “there is a strong likelihood that Mr. Snyder would have been acquitted.”

The original full article can be found at chicagotribune.com

(Photo: Craig Lyons/Post-Tribune)

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