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Portage Mayor James Snyder

Portage Mayor James Snyder delivering a State of the City address.

HAMMOND — Attorneys for Portage Mayor James Snyder have asked the court to exclude any discovery materials produced last month, saying prosecutors are introducing late and irrelevant materials.

According to a motion filed Thursday in U.S. federal court in Hammond, Snyder's attorney, Jackie M. Bennett Jr., of Indianapolis, writes that discovery produced on Oct. 16, 2018, comes 200 days after the court ordered prosecutors to complete its discovery, and 32 days after prosecutors had said the discovery process was completed.

"This newly produced material was not generated or acquired recently," reads the motion. It contends it includes the transcript of an undercover recording between Snyder and a confidential source from May 29, 2014, and "ridiculous hearsay allegations" from two anonymous city employees to the FBI in September 2013.

Snyder, who is facing bribery and tax evasion charges, was indicted two years ago. His trial is set for Jan. 14, 2019. It has been continued multiple times.

However, that trial date may be in jeopardy, Bennett writes, because he cannot prepare for trial when the "government's case keeps shifting every two or three months when it feels like doing another discovery dump."

Bennett said Snyder does not want yet another continuance but may need it to deal with the material, which he said is not incriminating but might "bolster his defense."

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Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.