Politics

Aaron Schock Trial Now Set for January

Comes as former congressman’s lawyers want Supreme Court to hear appeal

UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., appears on the House floor after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress, June 8, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's corruption trial is now set to begin Jan. 28.

Schock’s lawyers had previously requested a stay on the case while they filed necessary paperwork for the Supreme Court to review the case.

The proceedings in Illinois would come to a halt if the Supreme Court decides to hear Schock’s case, the Chicago Tribune reported.

But U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce denied the stay request.

In a conference call with Schock’s attorneys and the prosecution, Bruce said the pretrial schedule between August and October would require lawyers to file motions and make requests for oral arguments.

Among the charges Schock faces are that he illegally sought reimbursement for a $5,000 chandelier.

Schock resigned in 2015 after reports he used campaign and government money for personal use, including infamously having his office redecorated to look like the television show "Downton Abbey."

Schock’s lawyers previously tried to have the case dismissed, saying it intruded on Congressional authority.

But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by Schock’s attorneys to toss the case.

Schock was indicted for the charges for mail and wire fraud, filing false tax returns and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission in 2016.

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