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Disgraced Former New York State Senator’s Tax Evasion Trial Gets Start Date

Former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. (credit: CBS 2)

Former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The federal judge in former New York State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.’s upcoming tax evasion trial has warned prosecutors against causing any more delays in the case.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley also ordered prosecutors to cut down the number of people on the witness list.

The trial is set to begin on Nov. 5.

Espada was convicted last month of misusing public funds meant to help poor patients at Bronx health clinics that he controlled.

The tax case is separate. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he failed to pay taxes on money he looted from the clinics.

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