Brittany ComakApr 12, 2018, 7:02 pmApr 13, 2018, 2:12 pm

Court date set for former Suffolk DA, aide in police brutality cover-up trial

Thomas Spota, Christopher McPartland are accused of hiding former police chief’s assault on a suspect in 2012


CENTRAL ISLIP — A date in the trial of former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and aide Christopher McPartland has been set. Both face federal charges for alleged involvement in a cover-up of former Suffolk Police Chief James Burke's assault on a suspect in 2012.

Spota and McPartland will be tried for their alleged crimes in nearly a year. Judge Joan Azrack set a trial date of March 18, 2019. Attorneys on both sides have other scheduled trials preventing them from starting sooner.

Prosecutors told the judge they have already turned over the majority of the discovery material to the defense attorneys. The prosecutors said they aim to turn over the rest of the discovery items to the defense before the next status conference, which the judge set for June 20.

Former Police Chief James Burke was convicted in 2016 for beating a handcuffed prisoner in 2012 and is currently serving time in federal prison.

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