A federal judge has granted a request to postpone former District Attorney Walter Reed’s trial on an 18-count indictment from its original date of July 6 until January.
The motion, signed by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Monday and entered into the court record Tuesday, sets the trial of the former five-term district attorney for St. Tammany and Washington parishes and his son for Jan. 11.
The motion to delay the trial was filed jointly by prosecutors and defense attorneys. Both sides said they need time to digest the voluminous 57,000 pages of discovery provided to the defense and study any other issues that might arise.
Last week, Fallon denied a defense motion to compel the U.S. Attorney’s Office to provide more specific information about the indictments against Walter and Steven Reed. Walter was indicted on 18 counts, Steven on two .
Rick Simmons, an attorney for Walter Reed, argued that the indictment — which accused Reed of overpaying for campaign events in order to launder money and using campaign funds for personal expenses as a way to evade taxes — was insufficiently precise and did not provide enough information to allow attorneys to prepare a defense.
In the interim between when Simmons filed the motion and the hearing, federal prosecutors turned over 57,000 pages of evidence to the defense, and prosecutors argued that the defense motions, in large part, had been rendered moot.
Fallon agreed, though he noted that the prosecution’s indictment against Reed was “vague” at points.
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