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Judge denies defense request in legislator’s case

Ben Arredondo (File photo)

A federal judge has turned down a request by state Rep. Ben Arredondo’s lawyers for more information about alleged acts forming the basis for corruption charges against the Tempe Democrat.

Arredondo’s lawyers said they needed more information to prepare for his defense, but U.S. District Frederick Martone said the indictment is sufficient and that it doesn’t have to include every detail of evidence.

Martone also noted that prosecutors had made large amounts of pretrial disclosures to Arredondo’s defense team.

The charges of bribery and other crimes accuse Arredondo of soliciting and accepting sports and charity event tickets from FBI undercover agents and of disclosing confidential information while a Tempe City Council member.

Arredondo has pleaded not guilty.

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