Salinas lawyer withdrawing from appeal

2013-09-10T19:52:00Z 2013-09-10T23:20:07Z Salinas lawyer withdrawing from appealChristine Kraly christine.kraly@nwi.com, (219) 933-4195 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The lawyer for former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas is withdrawing as his attorney from Salinas' appeal.

Mark Psimos' request to remove himself as Salinas' attorney was granted Tuesday. Salinas is appealing his bribery case to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was sentenced last month to 42 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to taking $10,500 in kickbacks for steering city work to a local contractor.

Under a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Salinas admitted to one count of steering city tree-trimming work to Dave's Tree Service in exchange for cash payments from the business' owner, David Johnson, of Munster. 

Salinas is expected to file a brief for his appeal by Dec. 9, court records show. He is expected to report to prison Oct. 1.

Johnson filed a sentencing memorandum this week requesting leniency based in part on troubling health matters and support from residents.

Johnson also requested his sentencing hearing set for Sept. 20 be delayed.

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