Fall River mayors case set to return to court; lead defense attorney withdraws

BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE) — Fall River mayor, Jasiel Correia, could appear in court Thursday for the first time since his arraignment last month.

Correia is scheduled for a status hearing Thursday, which would be the mayor’s first appearance since pleading ‘not guilty’ to 13 federal charges.

The hearing comes just two days after Correia’s lead defense attorney, Mark Berthiaume, filed a notice to withdraw from the case, without giving any reason as to why.

That means if Correia were to appear Thursday, it would be just he and his other defense attorney, Kevin Reddington.

Thursday’s proceeding could be as simple as checking in with Correia and Reddington, to make sure the mayor is complying with court-ordered restrictions.

Dates for future pre-trial conferences could also be set up, or motions filed if the mayor wants any of the prosecution’s evidence suppressed.

All of this comes amidst an effort to recall mayor Correia.

Correia has publicly denied any wrong-doing, and pleaded ‘not guilty’ in October to nine counts of wire fraud and four counts of tax fraud stemming from an investigation into his now-defunct app, SnoOwl.

It remains unclear if Correia plans on attending Thursday’s hearing.

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