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Conspiracy trial delayed for attorney

YOUNGSTOWN — A trial that was scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in U.S. District Court here for Youngstown attorney Robert J. Rohrbaugh II and a co-defendant has been postponed to 9 a.m. April 4, with another pretrial hearing at 3 p.m. March 22.

They face charges of conspiracy, aiding and abetting the theft of government property, aiding and abetting false claims against the United States and money laundering. Rohrbaugh faces the additional charge of filing false tax returns.

Attorney Samuel Amendolara, who represents Rohrbaugh, and attorney Ed Hartwig, who represents Rohrbaugh’s co-defendant, Terris C. Baker, 49, of Canton, asked for the trial to be postponed to give them more time to prepare. “Attorney Amendolara states that due to unforeseen circumstances, he is in need of additional time to properly prepare for this case,” a court filing states.

Judge Benita Y. Pearson approved the postponement during a hearing Tuesday afternoon. The trial was postponed in July as a result of a death in Amendolara’s family. The judge also approved a postponement in the trial in March at the request of the defense, citing health and safety aspects of holding trials in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rohrbaugh, who has pleaded not guilty, remains free on bond. Brandon R. Mace, 43, of Youngstown, was indicted originally in the case but was listed in a superseding indictment as “named but not charged.”

Baker also pleaded not guilty and remains free on bond.

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