"Instead of taking care of the city, at the end of the day, he betrayed the city," Assistant U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu said.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly rejected a request by the defense to also call two IRS agents during Wednesday's sentencing, saying the testimony is not needed to present the information in question.
"My dad cares about people," said Reagan, daughter of former Portage Mayor James Snyder. "I know it’s hard to believe, but that is truly what makes him different from every other guy on the street, he puts the needs of someone else above his own."
The judge ruled the 60 day request was "not warranted and not feasible."
The defense had said last week it had no intention of seeking a delay in the July 16 sentencing and did not believe the filing extension would impact any other case deadlines.
James Snyder says this example is "additional independent grounds for reversing the verdict" and "is by no means the only instance of the prosecution's post-trial responses depicting events in a less than accurate manner."
Former Portage Mayor James Snyder failed in his attempt to characterize a $13,000 payment he accepted from a local trucking firm as something other than a bribe, federal prosecutors said in a Sunday filing.
"Mr. Snyder acknowledges that no one is guaranteed a perfect trial, just a fair one," a defense attorney said. "But the retrial in this matter did not meet the fundamental requirement of fairness."
The former mayor's defense attorneys spent much of the morning going over bidding procedures with FBI investigator Eric Field.
Randy Reeder, who often hesitated before responding and repeatedly requested reminders of his earlier testimony in the case, said this was not the only time James Snyder sought money from vendors doing business with the city.
Robert and Stephen Buha, who gave James Snyder the $13,000 in question while they owned Great Lakes Peterbilt, will be able to testify without any fear of the information being used against them in a criminal case.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly confirmed the retrial following an attempt by the defense to dismiss the charge based on accusations that Snyder's right to a speedy trial had been violated.
Judge Matthew Kennelly, while reaffirming the trial date of March 8, said he would rule on Feb. 3 whether Snyder's right to a speedy trial has been violated.
Both sides have filed motions arriving at different conclusions as to whether the 70 allowable days have passed from the order of a new trial.
In a twist, the defense floated the potential of a bench trial heard by the judge rather than calling in jurors in order to allow for greater flexibility and to expedite the process.
"Even if Mr. Snyder’s retrial began on January 30, 2021 ... it would be outside the 70-day window provided by the Speedy Trial Act," according to a filing by Snyder's defense team.