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BONNEVILLE PACIFIC CASE IS 1 STEP CLOSER TO TRIAL

A federal judge Tuesday set a final pretrial conference in the massive Bonneville Pacific litigation for February 1996.

U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins struck a compromise between the wishes of Bonneville Pacific trustee Roger Segal and the scores of defendants. Segal wanted the case to go to trial in March of next year. The various defendants didn't want Jenkins to set a trial date at all.Segal said the only way the case would get moving is if Jenkins set deadlines.

Another deadline in the Bonneville Pacific scandal arrives next week when the fourth tolling agreement on criminal charges in the case runs out. Several major prospective defendants are reportedly negotiating plea bargains in the final days of what is expected to be the last extension. Federal prosecutors must obtain indictments by April 17.