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Case involving Oakes unlikely to start before July

November 18, 2020

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The wheels of justice are moving slowly when it comes to the trainers and others indicted in March. Following a Nov. 17 arraignment, it appears that hearings on pretrial motions may not take place until July.
The Standardbred horsemen indicted in a broad, alleged doping scheme include Chris Oakes and Rick Dane Jr.
During a conference via telephone on Tuesday (Nov. 17) before United States district judge Mary Kay Vykoscil, Vyskocil set a Feb. 5 deadline for the filing of motions dealing strictly with requests to dismiss the case in its entirety or some of the five counts in the indictment. She gave the prosecution until March 5 to respond to those motions and the defense until March 26 to offer its reply. The timeline for various conferences and deadlines continued into late May, with additional weeks for the government's response and three weeks for the defense to respond.
Click here to read a report on bloodhorse.com on the Nov. 17 conference.
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