Judge’s Order Hints at Trouble for Collins’ Defense in Insider Trading Case

Sept. 10, 2019

Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, is facing prosecution in an insider trading case. (John Hickey/News file photo)
Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, is facing prosecution in an insider trading case. 

WASHINGTON – The judge in the insider trading case against Rep. Chris Collins has made his biggest decision in the case so far this year, and while the judge kept that decision a secret for now, a bare-bones order he filed publicly appears to bode badly for the Republican lawmaker from Clarence.

In an order issued Friday and made public Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick said that he had finished his opinion on two defense motions that aim to force prosecutors to turn over more evidence in the case.

Broderick said he was keeping that opinion under seal for the time being because it refers to evidence that was redacted or filed under court seal. But he also wrote that at an status conference in the case this Thursday, Collins’ lawyers should be prepared to discuss whether they plan to appeal the judge’s decisions on pretrial motions.
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