Bucci cooperating with FBI, trial date postponed

The United States District Court of Eastern Michigan announced today that the trial date for former Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci would be pushed back until January 2020. 

The most recent delay is the result of a joint request from the prosecution and the defense after Bucci agreed to cooperate with the government. His cooperation means that lawyers will need more time to go over evidence, conduct debriefings, and follow-up on information that Bucci provides. 

Bucci was indicted in November 2017 on 18 counts of bribery, extortion, fraud, theft, and money laundering. Since his indictment, the trial date has been postponed more than five times.

In his decision to postpone the trial, U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland found that the delay was excludable under the Speedy Trial Act. 

“The ends of justice served by the granting of the continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and the Defendant in a speedy trial,” the court order said. 

The final pretrial conference date, which was set for today, has been postponed until January 7, 2020. The trial will begin on January 21.