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Smith Trial Delayed By Lack Of Stenographer

The trial of former Progressive Liberal Party Senator Frank Smith’s multiple extortion and bribery related charges was adjourned to today due to the unavailability of a stenographer. Before yesterday’s adjournment, however, Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt, who is hearing the matter, informed the court that a stenographer would be available for the remainder of the trial. She stressed that she personally insisted on having a stenographer present for the trial’s duration, a sentiment she said was previously agreed to by both the Crown and the defence. The case starts at 10am today. Smith is facing 15 criminal charges concerning his alleged solicitation of $65,000 in bribes from a woman he is said to have....MORE

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