May trial set for NY judge charged with obstruction



NEW YORK (AP) — A May trial date has been set for a New York state judge charged with impeding a federal investigation into a nonprofit financial institution.

The May 18 date was set Monday for Sylvia Ash by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan.

Ash, a state Supreme Court justice in Brooklyn, pleaded not guilty.

Her lawyer, Roger Archibald, declined comment outside court to the charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice faced by his client.

Prosecutors say she deleted electronic messages and lied to investigators during a probe of the nonprofit Municipal Credit Union.

Kaplan didn't immediately rule on Archibald's request that bail conditions be changed so that Ash no longer must wear an electronic bracelet or be subject to a half million dollars bail. Prosecutors oppose the request.

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