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Rome mayor moves to delay start of trial on lying charges

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ROME/January 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Rome’s Mayor is seeking to delay the start of her Trial on charges that she lied about a City Hall appointment.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Mayor Virginia Raggi said she was innocent. She said she was opting for the “immediate judgment” procedure, which allows her to skip the Jan. 9 preliminary hearing and proceed directly to trial at a later date. She says that will “determine the truth as soon as possible.”

The move, however, will likely postpone the start of the trial until after Italy’s March 4 general election, where Raggi’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is hoping to wrest control of the Italian government for the first time.

Raggi has been the movement’s highest-profile office-holder, but her administration has been bedeviled by the appointment scandal and Rome’s continued decay.

By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (TM)

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