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4:09 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial

A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by Richie Farmer’s attorney that the former agriculture commissioner’s criminal trial be delayed until February.

Farmer’s trial on charges of misappropriating government resources was originally set for July, but his attorney, Guthrie True, wants to move it until early next year, saying he needs more time to prepare.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief this week asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall,  saying a delay until February would be excessive.

Farmer, a former UK basketball star, was agriculture commissioner from 2004 through 2011.   He faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the five counts in his indictment.