At the request of indicted lobbyist Rusty Cranford, a federal magistrate in Springfield, Mo., on Monday delayed his trial on conspiracy and bribery charges until Sept. 24.
Cranford, accused of conspiring with other executives of a healthcare company and state legislators to make illegal payments in return for benefits to the company in state Medicaid business and allocation of surplus money, had asked for the delay because he said he expected a new indictment to bring additional charges and he’d need time to prepare. Prosecutors didn’t object, but no superseding indictment has yet been filed.
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Cranford is in custody because of an allegation that he’d taken steps to have an adverse witness killed. He has other legal complications — a pending divorce case in Benton County, where his estranged wife says Cranford has fallen behind in making required support payments. An order has been issued in that case putting under seal any information that might be gathered during discovery about Cranford financial dealings or contracts with his former employer. (Thus if there was