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Beavers' Tax Trial Delayed Before It Begins

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County commissioner says there's "no question" he'll take the stand in his own defense. Phil Rogers reports.

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Beavers Can Say He Repaid Money if He Testifies

An influential Chicago politician can tell jurors he put cash back into his campaign coffers and amended his tax returns as part of his defense at his upcoming tax-evasion trial, but only if he takes the stand and speaks to jurors directly, a judge ruled Friday. Phil Rogers reports.
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The trial of an influential Chicago-area politician is being pushed back into next month.

Jury selection was set to continue Tuesday in the tax evasion case against Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. But the judge delayed the entire trial until Jan. 31 because one defense attorney, Victor Henderson, is ill.

The 77-year-old Beavers has pleaded not guilty to diverting thousands of dollars from his campaign coffers for personal use without reporting it and of then trying to cover the deed up.

Potential jurors filled out questionnaires on Monday. The court never began the next stage of jury selection where a U.S. district judge questions would-be panelists to assess their suitability.

Defense attorneys say Henderson fell ill with a severe case of bronchitis.
 

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