Former Fleishman executives' LA trial facing 2006 delay

LOS ANGELES: The trial of former Fleishman-Hillard executives Doug Dowie and John Stodder might be delayed until next year to allow the defense team time to review records from the agency, according to recent court proceedings.

LOS ANGELES: The trial of former Fleishman-Hillard executives Doug Dowie and John Stodder might be delayed until next year to allow the defense team time to review records from the agency, according to recent court proceedings.

A judge agreed to hear alternative court dates this week, after lawyers for Dowie and Stodder requested additional time to review "substantial" amounts of recently received documents.

Earlier this month, the same judge ruled that Dowie would not be allowed to use the results of a self-administered polygraph test as evidence.

Presiding US District Judge Gary Feess said that Dowie could present his side by testifying, if he wished.

Dowie and co-defendant John Stodder are facing wire fraud and conspiracy charges related to allegations that they padded bills on work done by Fleishman for the LA Department of Water & Power.

The trial was set to begin next month. Possible dates for the new trial range from January to as late as next March.

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