Government Asks to Delay Trial of Former Independence County Prosecutor

October 8, 2003 - Posted at: 8:12 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal prosecutors want a second corruption trial for former prosecutor T.J. Hively of Batesville to be delayed until February.

On Friday, a judge set the trial date for November 10, instead of October 27, as earlier scheduled.  Prosecutors say the judge should delay the trial further to allow more time to prepare.

In March 2001, a jury could not reach verdicts on 48 corruption charges against Hively, who was in office for six years during the 1990's.  He led the 16th Judicial District, which covers Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, and Stone counties.  Since then, all but 16 counts against Hively have been dismissed.

Two others are to be tried with him, and they each face one charge of racketeering.

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