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Former housing secretary, ex-lover get separate trials

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Former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros will be tried separately from his former mistress and fellow conspiracy defendant, Linda Jones.

Mathew Rosengart, an attorney working with Independent Counsel David Barrett, said at the beginning of a pretrial hearing Monday that the government had agreed to Cisneros' request for separate trials. He gave no explanation for the decision, and calls placed to the independent counsel's office were not returned.Cisneros' lawyers also declined to comment on the case.

Cisneros and two other defendants will go on trial Nov. 4 on charges of conspiring to cover up payments Cisneros made to Jones while he was under consideration for his Cabinet post.