FILE - This Aug. 8, 2018 file photo shows Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins as he leaves federal court in New York. In an about-face, Collins says he will suspend his re-election campaign after insider-trading indictment. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Report: Collins to skip upcoming court appearance

Judge grants excusal for congressman

October 05, 2018 - 1:57 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A federal judge allowed Congressman Chris Collins to skip his court proceeding next Thursday, according to a report by WIVB.

Attorneys for Collins asked for the congressman to be excused from the courts on October 11. Thursday's appearance is for discovery and motions scheduling.

Collins was indicted on August 8 for insider trading and for lying to the FBI.

WBEN legal analyst Paul Cambria said that discovery is routine and that it's not unusual for a defendant to be excused from such a proceeding.

"I appeared in Phoenix Federal Court (Friday) and waived my client's appearance," Cambria said. "It was the same kind of motions about discovery."

Collins should expect to be in court whenever there is a hearing, according to Cambria.


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