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Attorneys working on trial date for nuclear bailout bribery case

Andy Chow
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Statehouse News Bureau
Larry Householder walks out of the federal courthouse in Columbus, after making an initial appearance by video in July 2020.

Attorneys in the nuclear bailout bribery scandal have the next 30 days to come to an agreement on the official start date for the trial.

Householder and Borges have both pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys met during a virtual court hearing and agreed that they need to block out about six weeks for the trial.

The case accuses Householder of passing a nuclear power plant bailout in exchange for money from FirstEnergy to be used for personal and political gain.

Borges, a former lobbyist for FirstEnergy, is accused of offering a bribe to keep the law in place.

Lawyers for the different sides of the case are ordered to come up with a proposed start date for the trial. The prosecution says they're aiming for fall at the earliest.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.