A federal judge yesterday set June 3 as the date of a new trial for former Airlie Foundation director Dr. Murdock Head, three months after an appeals court reversed Head's 1979 conviction for allegedly conspiring to bribe public officials.
Head was sentenced to three years in prison in October 1979 after being convicted of conspiring to bribe then-Congressman Daniel Flood and Flood's aide, Steven Elko, and for "aiding and assisting in the preparation of false documents."
Head has been free pending the outcome of his appeals.
Head was founder of the tax-exempt Airlie Foundation, which operates a conference center near Warrenton, Va.; he has advanced degrees in law, medicine and dentistry. Much of the federal money received by the foundation had been under control of a congressional subcommittee chaired by Flood, according to court papers.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond overturned his conviction last February and awarded Head a new trial, saying U.S. District Judge Oren R. Lewis failed to properly instruct the jury about the statute of limitations governing Head's alleged payments to Flood and another former Democratic representative, Otto Passman.
Head had waived his appearance in court yesterday and was not present when Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. set the new trial date.