Collins Won't Report to Prison Until June 23rd

Attorneys asked for stay based on coronavirus concerns

Tom Puckett
April 02, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Chris Collins. July 30, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

New York, NY (WBEN) A judge has granted former Congressman Chris Collins more time before reporting to prison to serve time for lying to investigators about insider trading.

Collins was to initially report March 17, but US Southern District of New York Judge Vernon Broderick allowed a stay until April 21st because Collins had not been processed into the Bureau of Prisons system yet and had not been designated to facility, and that may not happen before that date.

Collins' attorney filed Wednesday, "Since the filing of the last motion to continue Mr. Collins’ Report Date, the impact of the new strain of coronavirus which causes COVID-19 greatly worsened, prompting the World Health Organization, on March 11, 2020, to officially classify COVID-19 as a pandemic... we respectfully request that Mr. Collins’ Report Date be extended and re-set to 2:00 pm on June 23, 2020, for the reasons set forth below. We have conferred with counsel for the Government, which does not object to the relief requested herein." 

Broderick granted the motion Thursday, allowing Collins to wait until June 23rd to report. 

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