Federal Trial for Andrew Gillum Moved to April
The trial of former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum which could convict him on federal wire fraud conspiracy charges, was delayed until April 2023.
US District Judge Allen Winsor reported the decision on August fourth, claiming that pushing the court date from August to next April is “reasonable and appropriate” to give defense counsel adequate preparation time. The judge cited the sheer volume of discovered evidence as the basis for the extension.
Gillum, a former rising star of the democratic part, rapidly fell from grace amidst multiple scandals upon his 2018 loss to Governor Ron DeSantis. In 2020 he was found passed out in a hotel room, exposed, with various hard drugs strewn about the room and a male escort. Gillum is a married man. In June of 2022, Gillum was indicted for wire fraud and false statements to the FBI.
The 21-count indictment by a grand jury accused Gillum and his long-time advisor Lettman-Hicks of illegally soliciting and obtaining money from various entities. Which entities, in particular, will not be revealed until trial. The pair were indicted on 19 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Gillum was indicted for making false statements to the FBI amidst his campaign in 2017 as well; specifics of those statements are also yet to be revealed.
Both Gillum and Lettman-Hicks plead innocence in June. Gillum categorically denies any wrongdoing, arguing the charges against him are politically motivated.