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US gives flood of material to Arredondo defense

PHOENIX – Defense lawyers for an Arizona legislator awaiting trial say
authorities have provided them with a flood of information from a three-year
undercover FBI investigation.

Rep. Ben Arredondo’s lawyers say in a motion filed Monday that the Tempe
Democrat’s trial should be postponed because they need time to study the
material disclosed as pretrial discovery.

The investigation’s subject or target isn’t disclosed, but the motion says
Arredondo’s lawyers received more than 10,000 pages of documents and 50 hours of
audio and video recordings and expect much more.

Arredondo has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of soliciting and
accepting sports and event tickets from FBI undercover agents and of disclosing
confidential information while a Tempe City Council member.

Arredondo’s lawyers want his July 3 trial reset to Sept. 1.