Good news for Michael Grimm: His trial’s after Election Day


Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) talks to the media after meeting with House Speaker John Boehner to discuss the relief fund hold up in Congress for Hurricane Sandy victims at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, in this file photo from January 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files)

A bit of good news, at least politically, for Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who is under indictment on allegations of tax and business fraud: He won't face a jury until after the Nov. 4 midterm vote. Here's the Staten Island Advance with more:

During a status conference in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday, Judge Pamela K. Chen ruled that jury selection would begin in the case on Dec. 1.

Grimm attorney Jeffrey Neiman had sought to have the trial schedule moved even further into the future, citing the election season and negative television ads that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has begun running again Grimm.

Grimm is running for reelection against Democrat Domenic Recchia. Despite his legal woes, the Republican is not a total goner just yet. If he had no chance to win reelection in his Staten Island-based district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign would not have done what it did last month: spend money on an ad attacking the congressman.

If Grimm's trial were to start in say, October, it would be back in the headlines daily at the time when many voters will be deciding which candidate to support. The Dec. 1 start date spares Grimm having to deal with that public relations nightmare.

Sure, Grimm's legal team wanted the trial pushed back into 2015 to prevent jurors from being biased by the attention his campaign is attracting. But all things considered, this is a good outcome for the Republican.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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