Ex-SEC Staffer Wins Bid For Criminal Bench Trial

By Stewart Bishop (August 27, 2020, 8:08 PM EDT) -- Despite prosecutors' objections, a New York federal judge on Wednesday granted a rare criminal bench trial to a former compliance examiner accused of stealing information from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Michael Cohn was charged last year with improperly accessing information about an SEC investigation into GPB Capital before he joined the private equity firm in 2018. He is facing charges of obstruction of justice, theft of public property, obtaining information from a government computer and unauthorized disclosure of confidential information. 

However, his trial has been delayed because of the suspension of jury trials in the Eastern District of New York...

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