Mon. 3:40 p.m.: Infantes, city worker to get new trial date

WARREN – A visiting judge has set a new trial date for the former Niles mayor and two others charged in a political corruption scheme.

At a pre-trial hearing held in Common Pleas Court Monday, lawyers representing former Mayor Ralph Infante, his wife Judith and city employee Scott Shaffer asked visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove to continue the case because of a wave of new evidence that surfaced, moving the trial date that was originally scheduled for April 24.

Leigh Bayer, associate assistant Attorney General of Ohio, told the judge she has recently come across new evidence but not as large as the “voluminous” amount that came with last fall’s multi-count direct presentment to the grand jury.

The lawyers met with the judge privately in chambers prior to Monday’s hearing.

Cosgrove, a retired Summit County judge, complied with the defense request, setting a new trial date for 9 a.m. Aug. 14. She set another pretrial for Aug. 1 and set a status conference for 11 a.m. April 24.

An order Cosgrove issued bars those involved from speaking about the case.