TRENTON – A hearing originally scheduled for March 15th, 2019 in the trial of Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore has been moved up to next Friday, March 8th, according to federal court records.
According to a notice dated February 20th, 2019 accessed via federal court records, a pretrial conference in the chairman’s case was originally scheduled to take place on March 15th. That conference has now been moved up to March 8th at 10:00 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Trenton.
The new date will now serve as a combined court date for two matters set to be resolved in the pretrial phase of Gilmore’s case, as it will both cover a pretrial conference as well as a hearing regarding the court’s inquiry into potential conflicts of interest by his defense attorney, Kevin Marino.
The prosecution contends that Marino’s representation of both Gilmore and the attorneys subpoenaed from his firm presents a conflict of interest, while Marino has argued that the written waivers signed by his client should be sufficient. Judge Thompson is expected to rule on the conflict allegations following the inquiry hearing.
Gilmore’s attorney has previously claimed that the chairman suffers from a hoarding disorder, and that should mitigate the criminal allegations against him contained in a federal criminal indictment that dropped in January.