A judge has refused to dismiss corruption charges against former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, who is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his 2010 independent campaign for governor.
Superior Court Judge Christine Roach on Monday denied Cahill's request to throw out the charges, meaning his trial can go forward. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29.
Cahill, who as treasurer oversaw the state lottery, is charged with violating state ethics laws and procurement fraud. He has said he did nothing wrong and that the ads were designed to promote the lottery, not his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign.
Attorney Brad Bailey said Cahill's defense team is in the process of deciding whether they can appeal Roach's ruling to a single justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court.
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