New trial for former Rep. Stephen LaRoque delayed once again, moved to February 2015


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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The new trial for former North Carolina Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been delayed again.

Attorney Elliot Abrams, a member of LaRoque's defense team, said Thursday that the retrial has been moved from October to Feb. 2, 2015.

Abrams said the new date stems from delays in getting transcripts from the previous trial.

A federal judge last August signed an order partially granting a defense motion for a new trial after it was learned one juror had visited an Internal Revenue Service website during the trial to research tax laws at issue in the case. In February, a District Court judge ordered the retrial.

LaRoque was convicted on 10 counts involving theft from a non-profit receiving federal funds, money laundering and making false statements. The retrial involves the remaining two charges.

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