Fraud trial of former N.L. cabinet minister Jim Walsh adjourned until July

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The trial of a former Newfoundland cabinet minister accused of fraud against the government has been adjourned until mid-July.
The Crown finished its questioning of former house Speaker Harvey Hodder during testimony today at the trial of former Liberal minister Jim Walsh.
Defence lawyer Vernon French said he couldn't guarantee that his cross-examination of Hodder would finish in the available remaining court time today and Tuesday.
Judge David Orr decided to adjourn proceedings until July to ensure that French's cross-examination wouldn't be interrupted by a lengthy break.
Walsh is accused of fraud over $5,000, breach of trust by a public officer, and frauds on government.
He is accused of making excess claims of more than $159,000 from his taxpayer-funded constituency allowance between 1998 and 2004.

Geographic location: ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland

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