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Fall River Mayor Wants to Skip Next Court Date on Pot Extortion Charges

Jasiel Correia said in a filing he wants his attorney to enter his plea when he is scheduled to appear for his formal arraignment in Boston federal court on Oct. 2

What to Know

  • "He has essentially run that town as a pay-to-play institution," Massachusetts' U.S. attorney said.
  • "I've done nothing but good for the city of Fall River," Correia said after he pleaded not guilty
  • Correia has remained mayor despite previous federal charges. He was recalled and re-elected by voters on the same night.

A Massachusetts mayor facing charges of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies is seeking to skip his next court date.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia said in a filing Monday that he's waiving his right to personally appear for his formal arraignment in Boston federal court on Oct. 2.

Correia instead wants his lawyer to enter his plea. The 27-year-old Democrat said during his initial court appearance earlier this month that he would be pleading not guilty to the charges.

Correia has also pleaded not guilty to charges he defrauded investors in his smartphone app.

He faces school committee member Paul Coogan in the Nov. 5 general election after advancing in the city's preliminary election last week.

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling's office didn't comment.

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