United States: Judge in ex-Portage Mayor James Snyder’s bribery case recuses herself; trial was to start Dec. 7

A third judge will be appointed to determine the outcome in the case against former Portage Mayor James Snyder.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa Springmann recused herself from the case Friday. The case was reassigned to Springmann from Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen in December 2019, according to court records.

On Nov. 2, Springmann set a jury trial date for Dec. 7 in Snyder’s retrial on a soliciting bribes charge, according to court records.

Springmann previously denied a motion to dismiss the bribery charge on double jeopardy grounds and supervisory power of the court.

Snyder, who was indicted in November 2016, was convicted of taking a $13,000 bribe in exchange for contracts to sell five garbage trucks to the city and using a shell company to hide income assets from the IRS while owing back personal and business taxes. The jury acquitted Snyder of a third count that alleged he took a $12,000 bribe to get a company on Portage’s tow list.

The article has been summarised and the original full article can be found at chicagotribune.com

(Photo: Craig Lyons/Post-Tribune)

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