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Nuclear bailout bribery case expected to take six weeks. Attorneys are working to set a trial date

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse in July 2020. [Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau]
Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse in July 2020

Attorneys in the nuclear bailout bribery scandal have the next 30 days to come to an agreement on the official start date for the trial for former House Speaker Larry Householder and former FirstEnergy lobbyist Matt Borges.

Householder and Borges have both pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys met during a virtual court hearing Wednesday and agreed they need to block out about six weeks for the trial.

The case accuses Householder of passing a nuclear power plant bailout in exchange for money from FirstEnergy to be used for personal and political gain.

Borges is accused of offering a bribe to keep the law in place.

Lawyers for the different sides of the case are ordered to come up with a proposed start date for the trial. The prosecution says it's aiming for fall at the earliest.

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