U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand rejected a request by Adelphia
Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son, Michael, to be tried
separately from Rigas’ son, Timothy, and former director of internal reporting
Sand ruled that John and Michael Rigas failed to demonstrate that prejudice
might result if all four defendants are tried together, AP reported.
"Nothing in the indictment or the nature of this case suggests that a joint
trial will be too complex or that the jury will be incapable of distinguishing
between individual members of the Rigas family for the purpose of considering
the evidence against each defendant separately," Sand wrote in the ruling.
Sand also rejected John Rigas’ attempt to have conspiracy, securities-fraud
and wire-fraud charges dropped.
The trial is scheduled to begin in New York Jan. 5.