Prosecutors Assistant -- US Attorneys Leo Dillon and James Wilson -- indicate intent to drop 27 "honest services" counts, leaving 14 counts in a new trial for former Coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht.
New Judge Sean McLaughlin indicates he is likely set a new trial date today....though motions by attorneys could delay that. The prosecution thinks the "speedy trial rule" clock could run out on December 24.
Wecht's defense attorneys indicate they will ask the new judge to revisit motions denied by Judge Schwab.
They believe rulings by the new judge in their favor could end the case.
Judge orders government to file motions on revised indictment by next Friday, November 14th.
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