The trial of the former Arkansas senator bribery postponed until 2021

Ex US senator Jeremy Hutchinson
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The Federal Court of Missouri, USA, adjourned the trial of former Arkansas state senator Jeremy Hutchinson and ex-heads of medical companies Tom Goss and Bontiea Goss for 2021, writes Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Ex-senator and the Gosses are accused of fraud, bribery, abuse of power, and involvement in the corruption scheme in Arkansas, Missouri, and the Springfield Health Center for privileged families. The damage from criminal activity is estimated at several million dollars. The defendants do not admit guilt.

According to the publication, lawyers asked for a delay to study the data on the activities of the accused for 12 years, as this period is specified in the charge. Prosecutors also agreed that the case is complicated, because more than 100 witnesses are to be interviewed. However, they were opposed to delaying the process. The court granted the request and decided to postpone the hearing until 2021. This is five months earlier than the lawyers demanded, and seven months later than the prosecutors demanded.

Preferred Family, which was named Alternative Opportunities before the merger in 2015, was once Arkansas’s largest home-based mental health facility. The company ran two psychiatric clinics, Dayspring Behavioral Health Services and Health Resources of Arkansas.