License Commissioner Kim Hastie pleaded not guilty to charges of public corruption charges earlier this week, and is looking for trial to start in the beginning of February.
Hastie was arraigned in court Dec. 10, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathryn Nelson along with her attorneys Neil Hanley and Joe Carl Jordan. The U.S. government — which brought on the 16 charges via a FBI investigation — was represented during the arraignment by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory Bordenkircher.
Hastie waved her right to a speedy trial, but documents filed yesterday show action is schedule for February of 2015 with jury selection beginning Feb. 12. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2015 at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 3B.
Hastie is charged with conspiracy, extortion and wire fraud and mail fraud related to the payment of two consulting and public relations firms in Mobile.
More information about the investigation and the full indictment can be read here.