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Trial in Mississippi prison scandal delayed

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Trial has been delayed for a former legislator accused of bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate Thursday pushed back the trial of Irb Benjamin of Madison to July 5. It had been scheduled to begin Monday.
    
A grand jury in August indicted Benjamin for conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and bribery. The indictment says Benjamin bribed Epps for contracts at prison work centers in Alcorn and Simpson counties, as well as consulting contracts with county jails in Alcorn, Washington and Chickasaw counties.
    
Benjamin's lawyer requested the delay, saying he needs more time to review evidence and conduct research. Prosecutors didn't oppose it.
    
Epps, who pleaded guilty to money laundering and filing false tax returns, is scheduled for sentencing April 11.

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