Conference in case alleging NYC ballot-line plot

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By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Six politicians involved in a federal corruption trial may soon get an idea of how long it will be before they go to trial.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith and five other defendants are accused of bribery schemes, including a plan to buy Smith the Republican line on New York City's mayoral ballot. All have pleaded not guilty.

A court conference is on the docket for Friday in White Plains. The judge gave defense teams three months to examine the prosecution's evidence and consider what motions they would propose.

A schedule for making and responding to motions often spans several months. Only after the judge rules on motions can a trial begin.

Ross Kramer, an attorney for Smith, said he plans to move for dismissal of at least some counts of the indictment. He would not elaborate.

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