Racing Services Trial Delayed

The trial of embattled North Dakota wagering company Racing Services Inc. has been delayed from Feb. 23 to late August.

Racing Services, owner Susan Bala, and vice president Raymundo Diaz are facing 12 federal charges for alleged money laundering and operating an unlicensed wagering facility. On Tuesday, a U.S. district judge delayed the trail until Aug. 23 because of the complexity of the case, the Fargo Forum reports.

A flood of paperwork has already been submitted. The attorney representing Diaz and his company, Global Contact Inc., said the defense's total discovery will contain over 10,000 pages.

"I would suggest that four weeks is not going to be enough time to try the case," said defense attorney Dennis Fisher.

Also at the hearing, arguments were heard on a motion filed by the U.S. attorney's office that Fisher should be removed from the case because of a conflict of interest. Prior to defending Diaz, Fisher represented Bala and RSI. There is concern Fisher could use privileged information obtained from Bala and RSI if Diaz agrees to cooperate and testify in the case.

Judge Ralph Erickson also inquired why RSI did not have an attorney. Bala's attorney, Mark Beauchene, said RSI's court-appointed receiver, Wayne Drewes, had made no attempt to hire representation. Erickson said he would contact Drewes if necessary.

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