Lawyers for former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill asked a Suffolk Superior Court judge Monday to delay his corruption trial for about a month, a request that a codefendant opposes.
Jeffrey A. Denner, a lawyer for Cahill, told Judge Christine M. Roach in a Boston courtroom that delaying the trial is necessary so the defense team can review thousands of pages of material that prosecutors have turned over. Cahill’s trial is set for Sept. 24.
But a lawyer for a codefendant — Scott Campbell, Cahill’s former gubernatorial campaign manager — said his client would rather stick to the current date since his life has been put on hold while the case is pending.
“If they’re going to read everything that’s on the computers, the case will never get tried,” said Campbell’s lawyer, Charles Rankin. “. . . He wants a trial now.”
Roach took the request under advisement.
Cahill and Campbell pleaded not guilty in April to charges that they participated in a scheme to run about $1.5 million in taxpayer-funded state lottery ads to boost Cahill’s run for governor in 2010.
Outside court Monday, another lawyer for Cahill, Brad Bailey, rejected the notion of a rift between his client and Campbell.
“The allegations against Mr. Campbell . . . are specific,” Bailey said.
“The allegations against Mr. Cahill are amorphous; they’re extremely broad-based” and require extensive preparation.
Denner and Bailey also said Cahill has had to properly close out his campaign finance account before raising money for his legal defense, resulting in a delay in hiring defense experts.
Cahill attended the hearing, but did not discuss the case afterward, except to say that he supports the request made by his lawyers.
He had previously hired another lawyer to represent him.
“We’re just looking for [another] month; that’s all,” Cahill said.
“We want to get this done as quickly as possible, but we want to do it right.”
Campbell did not attend the hearing.
Prosecutors from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office took no position on Cahill’s request.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.