Burfoot’s lawyer wants to delay trial until after McDonnell decision

He says what happens with that case could have a legal impact on Burfoot's trial.

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Anthony Burfoot’s lawyer wants his client’s corruption trial pushed back.

Defense Attorney Andrew Sacks has motioned with the court to push the trial back until after the Supreme Court of the United States rules on former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case.

Sacks stated in a letter to Judge Henry C. Morgan, Jr. that they believe what happens with McDonnell could have a legal impact on Burfoot’s case.

In the letter, Sacks writes, “… the McDonnell case also involves questions about what the correct legal definition of an ‘official action’ for purposes of the honest-services wire fraud statute and of the Hobbs Act.”

Document: Burfoot Letter

10 On Your Side has been following both cases since they started.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were both found guilty of public corruption. Both were accused of taking money and gifts from a wealthy diet supplement company executive in exchange for political favors.

Burfoot, former city councilman and vice-mayor, was indicted on federal corruption charges in January.

According to court paperwork, the Norfolk City Treasurer is accused of taking nearly half-a-million dollars in money and gifts in exchange for giving favors involving city business.

10 On Yours Side was also provided with several related documents that were filed along with the letter:

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