Bryant defense moves to dismiss charges

October 20, 2008 8:45:57 AM PDT
Attorneys for former state Sen. Wayne Bryant began their defense Monday by moving to dismiss all charges against the once-powerful South Jersey Democrat. U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson says she will not rule on those motions until later, possibly after the jury reaches a verdict.

The first defense witnesses is expected to take the stand Monday afternoon.

Monday marks the sixth week of Bryant's trial. He is accused of steering grants to a state medical school in exchange for a low-show job to boost his state pension. He's also accused of pension fraud.

The former dean of the state's School Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. R. Michael Gallagher, is also on trial for wire fraud in connection to Bryant's job at the school.

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