LaRoque hearing for new trial delayed, now in late Sept.
There’s another delay in the federal criminal case of former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, with a hearing for a new trial pushed back to Sept. 24.
LaRoque, who was convicted by a jury in June of stealing from federally-funded non-profits he ran, wants a new trial after a juror said he voted to convict the former lawmaker in a trial this spring only after doing independent research on tax laws. Jurors are barred from considering evidence or testimony outside of what was presented in court.
LaRoque, a Kinston Republican and onetime member of N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis’ leadership team, is facing a likely prison sentence and was initially scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on 10 of the 12 federal charges. Two of the other charges had been previously set aside by a federal judge because of the juror misconduct.
The new hearing will be at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 at the federal courthouse in Greenville, in front of Senior U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard, who has presided over the case.