Renzi pretrial motions hearings reset for Dec. 4-5

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Lawyers and a federal magistrate have agreed that pretrial motions in the criminal case against Rep. Rick Renzi can be argued in two days next month.

In a telephone conference Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Bernardo Velasco reset the hearings from four days to two -- Dec. 4 and 5. Lawyers asked for the change.

Federal prosecutor Gary Restaino said there likely would not be any testimony presented, and Renzi attorney Reid Weingarten said defense lawyers would ask for evidentiary hearings to be held later if their dismissal motions don't prevail.

Renzi was indicted in February on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion, money laundering and insurance fraud. He and two co-defendants face trial in March.

Renzi has pleaded not guilty.

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