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Former Hogan Chief of Staff Asks Judge to Move Back His Trial

Roy McGrath, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff, is asking a federal judge to postpone his criminal trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday. McGrath was the former head of the government-owned nonprofit calledMaryland Environmental Service. His attorneys are asking for the delay because the government disclosed thousands of pages of discovery documents days before trial.

McGrath is accused of falsifying a document that says that Hogan approved of his $233,647 severance payment — a year’s salary — from the Maryland Environmental Service when he left the organization to be Hogan’s chief of staff. He's also accused of  fabricating a memo from Hogan’s office that showed the governor’s approval of the payment. McGrath has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

McGrath now lives in Florida and the Baltimore Sun reports that a telephone hearing for 2 p.m. Thursday to determine whether a postponement is necessary.


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